MOT rule changes: 20 May 2018
From 20th May 2018 the MOT test will be changed to detect new defect types and apply stricter rules for diesel cars. Vehicles over 40 years old could also be exempt from the annual MOT. The change will affect cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles.
What does this mean for you?
The MOT will use a new style of certificate, illustrating very clearly the defects. These defects are categorised in a new way to help the owner understand the actions they need to take or monitor to maintain the vehicle.
The MOT categories:
|Item result||What it means about the item||How it affects your MOT result||What should you do?|
|Dangerous||A direct and immediate risk to road safety or has a serious impact on the environment.||Fail||Do not drive the vehicle until it’s been repaired.|
|Major||It may affect the vehicle’s safety, put other road users at risk or have an impact on the environment.||Fail||Repair it immediately.|
|Minor||No significant effect on the safety of the vehicle or impact on the environment.||Pass||Repair as soon as possible.|
|Advisory||It could become more serious in the future.||Pass||Monitor and repair it if necessary.|
|Pass||It meets the minimum legal standard.||Pass||Make sure it continues to meet the standard.|
Together with making the test results easier to understand for the owner, new items will be tested in the MOT, including:
There will be other smaller changes to how some items are checked. Your Robinsons Motor Group MOT centre will be able to tell you about these.
Did you know?
Blown light bulbs, worn out windscreen wipers and tyres with too little tread depth account for nearly 50% of failures, so it’s well worth checking these areas before taking your car for its MOT.
Stricter rules for diesel car emissions
There will be stricter limits for emissions from diesel cars with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). A DPF captures and stores exhaust soot to reduce emissions from diesel cars. You can simply check your car’s handbook if you don’t know if your car has a DPF.
Your vehicle will get a major fault if the MOT tester:
Some vehicles over 40 years old won’t need an MOT
Cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles won’t need to have an MOT if they’re over 40 years old and have not been substantially changed, see Gov.UK for more info. At the moment, only vehicles first built before 1960 are exempt from needing an MOT.
When the rules change on 20 May 2018, vehicles won’t need an MOT from the 40th anniversary of when they were registered. You can check the date the vehicle was registered online.