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Is MOT Type 1 Right For My Project?

Have ever considered using MOT Type 1 for your upcoming project? Discover whether this type if right for you and your project.

Is MOT Type 1 Right For My Project?

Posted on - 15.12.23

Have ever considered using MOT Type 1 for your upcoming project? Perhaps, you are unsure or you can’t decide between your options. Making the right choice is pivotal to your project’s success, choosing the wrong option can jeopardise your entire project. To make a well-informed decision, you will need to learn more about MOT Type 1. As a supplier of MOT TYPE 1, we know everything you need to know. In this blog article, we will explain what MOT TYPE 1 is, along with its benefits and applications.

What is MOT Type 1?

MOT Type 1 is a granular sub-base material which is generally laid underneath a newly built pavement. It’s approved by the Ministry of Transport (MOT), commonly referred to as the Department of Transport. MOT Type 2 and Type 3 are also approved, but for the purpose of this article, we will only focus on MOT Type 1. It is made from various aggregates such as crushed limestone, concrete, granite and so on. 


Being incredibly versatile and offering many benefits, explains why it is a widely popular aggregate for various applications. Some of its benefits include:

  • Stable - As it consists of crushed limestone or granite, this provides a well-compacted and stable sub-base, once it’s installed properly. 

  • Load-Bearing Capacities - known for having excellent load-bearing capabilities. The material provides a solid and stable foundation, making it suitable for supporting heavy weight loads. The material is graded, this means the particles are varied in size, ensuring they interlock to distribute weight evenly.

  • Good Drainage - It is a permeable material, meaning it offers good drainage by allowing water to easily pass through. This prevents the risk of the surfaces becoming waterlogged or flooded and causing erosion. 

  • Eco-friendly - It is made from recyclable aggregates, making it a more eco-friendly choice than other alternatives. The more MOT Type 1 is used, the less amount of materials are being sent to the landfill, helping the UK to reach sustainable targets.


MOT Type 1 is used in both domestic and commercial projects as an alternative to other sub-bases such as limestone and granite. Some examples of projects that it is commonly used in include:

  • Road Construction - Best known for being used in the road construction industry to create a solid foundation for newly built highways, roads and pedestrianised areas.

  • Driveways & Footpaths - In landscaping projects, MOT Type 1 can be used to establish firm driveways and footpaths. 

  • Building Foundations - Due to its load-bearing capacities, it is also used as a reliable sub-base in the foundation of new buildings. 

Order MOT Type 1 From D Price & Sons 

If you’re looking to build roads, pathways, driveways or building foundations, you won’t find a better sub-base material than MOT Type 1. At D Price & Sons, we supply MOT Type 1 from 40 mm to dust, prices start from £25. To suit various projects, it is available bagged or loose from 1 tonne up to 30 tonnes. We also supply building aggregates and decorative gravel as part of our range. We offer free delivery in Stoke-on-Trent and Leek for orders more than £150, as well as standard delivery for further areas in Staffordshire and Cheshire. To make our order or for more information, please contact us today.

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