All vehicles aged three years or more require a valid MOT test certificate, certification that must be renewed annually. The MOT checks vital components that make driving your vehicle and transporting the people inside as safe as possible. The MOT test that we know and love however is changing, with new, stricter regulations coming into effect from 20th May 2018.
As a leading provider of MOT testing, we keep abreast of the latest so our customers don’t have to. Here our experts share all you need to know about the new MOT test changes and how these tougher rules will determine your pass or fail result.
Why the big change?
The MOT test has remained relatively unchanged for a number of years. As of May 2018 however, the regulations will become stricter across a number of areas to adhere to the EU Roadworthiness Package. Whilst the same components – including lighting, signalling equipment, steering, braking, tyres and wheels, and seatbelts – will be checked, the standards for achieving that pass result will be higher to comply with the latest European Union directive.
New classification for faults
One area of change that will affect all vehicles undergoing an MOT test is that faults will now be classed as ‘Minor’, ‘Major’ and ‘Dangerous’. Minor faults will be the equivalent to the advisory notices you currently receive as part of an MOT test. Like advisory notices, minor faults will relate to items that aren’t bad enough to fail the test but instead need to be fixed at some point or another. Faults classed as ‘Major’ will need to be fixed immediately before the vehicle can be retested. Dangerous faults will not only require fixing and retesting, but without attention will make your vehicle illegal to drive on public roads.
Stricter rules for diesel cars
Diesel vehicles have been no stranger to the headlines in recent years and the new EU directive reflects the government’s and wider European Union’s long term objective to phase out this vehicle type. The new MOT test will see diesel vehicle owners meet new, stricter rules on emissions.
A diesel vehicle fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) will incur a major fault and the test will be failed if visible smoke of any colour emits from its exhaust. Rules also relate to the fitting of the DPF. Testers are required under the new regulations to check whether the DPF has been tampered with or removed from the vehicle. If evidence is found that the DPF has been tampered with or removed, then the MOT tester can refuse to provide an MOT test. That is, if the vehicle owner has a legitimate reason for its removal, for instance, if the DPF has been detached for cleaning purposes.
Fluid leak fails
The steering system is one of the areas already put under scrutiny as part of an MOT test and will continue to be examined thoroughly under new MOT testing rules. Testers will check more closely for fluid leaks, with heavy leaks from a vehicle’s steering system a likely cause of MOT failure. Blown bulbs, significantly worn brake discs and reversing lights that don’t work will also constitute as major faults under the new MOT rules.
Being aware of the most common MOT fail items (such as brake lights, fuel and fuel cap, headlights and indicators, horn, and number plates) and ensuring they are in good, safe, working order before you book your vehicle in for an MOT test is recommended.
Having a valid MOT certificate is part and parcel of being a responsible driver. Save the date for your MOT test today by contacting our team.