Do you know about the upcoming MOT test changes?

On 20th May 2018, there is a new set of rules coming into play in England, Scotland and Wales, which will change the way that MOT tests are run. These have been designed to ensure cars on the roads become safer and the impact they have on the environment is reduced. 

To help you understand the upcoming changes that will affect cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles, they’ve been broken down into five main sections: 

1. Defects will now be categorised differently

Three new categories are being introduced that show the severity of defects found within your MOT test. These are: dangerous, major and minor. 

Receiving dangerous as the outcome will result in your vehicle not being driveable as a result of the direct and immediate risk to road safety or because of having a serious impact on the environment. 

A major outcome states that the defect may affect the vehicle’s safety and therefore put other road users at risk, or has a potential negative impact on the environment. Repairs will be required immediately. 

Both of the above results will cause you to fail your MOT test, whereas if you gain minor, advisory or pass as the outcome, then you will have passed. 

A minor outcome means that the defect in your vehicle has no significant effect on its safety or impact on the environment but should be repaired as soon as possible. An advisory outcome means that the fault isn’t causing an immediate problem, however it could become more serious in the future so this should be monitored and repaired when necessary. 

2. Stricter rules are being enforced around diesel car emissions

We will be seeing stricter limits for the emissions produced by diesel cars that are fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). 

This filter has been designed to capture and store exhaust soot to reduce the amount of emissions the car is producing so if the MOT tester can see smoke of any colour being produced from the exhaust or finds any evidence that the DPF has been tampered with, your vehicle will gain a major fault. 

If you’re unsure if your car has a DPF or not, check your handbook. 

3. New elements are being added to the testing criteria 

As vehicles have advanced over time, it’s only right that a number of new elements get added to the MOT test. These new checks are: 

- If brake fluid has been contaminated 
- Whether fluid leaks pose an environmental threat
- If tyres are obviously underinflated
- For brake pad warning lights and if the brake pads or discs are missing
- For reversing lights on vehicles first used from 1st September 2009
- Headlight washers on vehicles first used from 1st September 2009 (if applicable) 
- Daytime running lights on vehicles first used from 1st March 2018

There will also be a number of other smaller changes on how some items are being checked – get in touch with Arbury today to find out what these are. 

4. Your MOT test certificate will change

To match the changes in defect classification, the design of your MOT test certificate will be changing. It will now list any defects in new sections so they’re clear and easy to understand, allowing you not to miss any crucial information. 

5. Some vehicles over 40 years old won’t need an MOT test

If your car, van, motorcycle or other light passenger vehicle is over 40 years old and hasn’t been significantly altered, it will no longer require an MOT test. 

When the rules change later this year, you won’t need an MOT test from the 40th anniversary of when your vehicle was registered. You also won’t have to apply to stop getting an MOT test. 

To stay compliant, each time you tax your historic vehicle, even if you don’t have to pay a fee, you’re required to declare that it meets the rules for not needing an MOT test. 

So there you have it. If you’d like to find out more about these changes or book your MOT test at your local Arbury dealership, get in touch with us today. 

Remember, you can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT test certificate!