MOT Changes are coming – are you ready?


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Vehicle MOT tests are set to become stricter when a shake up to the rules comes in on 20th May 2018. The changes are not without controversy, they’ll make it harder for some vehicles, especially diesel ones to pass. There are many pros and cons for both garages and consumers, here’s a brief look at some of the key changes:

Overview of changes:

• MoT ‘Advisories’ are being replaced. Garages and motorists will have to get to grips with a new system where MoT test faults will be classified as Minor, Major and Dangerous. Major and Dangerous issues will result in failure. Cars with Minor faults will be allowed to pass, with faults will be recorded on the car’s MoT certificate and online MoT record (similar to the current system of advisories).

• Things are toughening up for diesel cars. Vehicles fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) that give out “visible smoke of any colour” during tests will get a Major fault and automatically fail. Any car that has had its DPF tampered with will also automatically fail (unless it can be proven that this was for filter cleaning or other legitimate purposes).

• Another new rule is that vehicle reversing lights must be working in order to pass the MoT test (which seems like a sensible one to us).

• Other potential faults that could cause road accidents will also be cracked down on under the new rules – these include significant steering system leaks and worn out brake discs.

• Under the new plans, cars that are over 40 years old won’t need an MOT. The reasoning behind this being that owners of these older vehicles tend to take good care of them and don’t use them frequently enough to make an MoT necessary.

Are you on board with the changes?

We know there are mixed feelings within the industry about these changes, with some new rules being welcomed and others facing criticism. Commenting on the changes in a recent article, RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “While on the surface this change, which is part of an EU Directive due to come into force in May, seems like a sensible move, we fear many motorists could end up being confused.”

What do you think about the changes and are you prepared for them? Get in touch via social media to let us know your views.

For full details on the changes visit the GOV.UK website.

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