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Fleet services

Based at Resolution House on Cargo Fleet Lane, Fleet Services provide and maintain the council's fleet of vehicles. Vehicles are hired out to all council departments for long and short-term needs, and a full range of vehicle maintenance and services are provided in the workshops.

These services are also available to other public and voluntary sector organisations which are funded by the council. Payment for services can now be made by credit and debit cards.

MOT tests

MOT tests can be carried out for vehicles in classes IV, V, and VII. The MOT does not include any repairs, but we will carry out minor adjustments if required, e.g. headlamp adjustment.

Class IV


Cars - up to 8 passenger seats, Motor Homes not exceeding 7m in length
Dual purpose vehicles
PSVs (up to 8 seats)
Goods vehicles (up to 3,000kg DGW)
Ambulances and taxis (Note: Taxis and private hire vehicles may be subject to additional local requirements)
Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (9-12 passenger seats)

Class V


Up to 5,000kg
Private passenger, 13 - 16 passenger seats
Ambulances and vehicles, 13 or more passenger seats

Class VA


Installation checks available for an additional fee

Class VII


Goods vehicles (over 3,000 to 3,500kg DGW)

Please note: vehicle registration documents must be presented at the test station. 

MOT prices

Vehicle Cost
Car (Class IV) £35
Minibuses with 13 to 16 passenger seats £45
Minibuses with over 16 passenger seats £45
Vehicles weighing 3000kg to 3500kg £35
Duplicate test certificate £10

Duplicate test certificate - £10

Opening times

Monday to Thursday: 7am to 5pm

Friday: 7am to 4:30pm


MOTs at Cargo Fleet Lane are by appointment only. To book an appointment, call 01642 728066.

There is a purpose-built reception area with a seating area, coffee machine, snack machine, magazines, and a television where you can wait while we carry out your MOT.

Other services

Vehicle maintenance


Within the fleet workshops at Cargo Fleet Lane, the entire council fleet of vehicles are maintained. Public and voluntary organisations funded by the council can also make use of these services, which include:

  • Fuel supply, including LPG and Bio Diesel 
  • Tyre supply 
  • Repairs 
  • Vehicle recovery, breakdown service 
  • Heavy and light plant maintenance 
  • Servicing 
  • Tail lift repairs and maintenance
  • Pre-purchase inspections 

For more details, call 01642 728063.

Minibus permits


A Section 19 (Transport Act 1985) permit allows a minibus to be operated for hire or reward by organisations concerned with education, religion, social welfare, recreation or other activities of benefit to the community on a non-profit basis. The driver of a section 19-permit minibus can be either a paid or unpaid volunteer.

Fleet Services no longer supplies section 19 minibus permits. You can apply for a permit online via the GOV.UK website.

Driver training


Middlesbrough Council is certified to provide training for minibus drivers in relation to driving assessments, wheelchair security and the safe operation of tail lifts.

Minibus driving assessments consist of a monitored drive of approximately 1.5 hours assessing a driver's skills and capabilities. Participants are steered towards improving their driving techniques with the ultimate goal being the safety of any passengers they carry. Tail lift training and wheelchair security training is to ensure the safe carriage of people who use a wheelchair and need to travel on an accessible bus.

All training is provided by Ayresome Community Transport. To find out more about minibus, wheelchair security and tail lift training, and associated costs call 01642 353438.