Changes to the MOT test – What you need to know
The new roadworthiness directive will change how MOT testers categorise defects. From 20 May 2018, they’ll be categorised as either ‘dangerous’, ‘major’ or ‘minor’ instead of ‘pass’, ‘fail’, and ‘advisories’.
Dangerous and major defects
‘Dangerous’ and ‘major’ defects will cause the MOT to be failed. The dangerous defect has been added to highlight that you shouldn’t drive the vehicle away in that condition.
Advisories are being replaced with minor fails. These are all pre-written & approved by DVSA. You will still get a pass, but they will be noted on your test certificate.
Some big changes to be aware off that will affect your vehicle and your annual MOT:
- It has always been an offence to fit HID bulbs to halogen head lamps, so the MOT is now in line with that and HID's will now get a major defect which constitutes an MOT fail even if the aim is correct.
- Reverse lights are now part of the MOT for any car registered from 1st September 2009 (59 plate onwards). Daytime running lamps (DRL's) & front fog lamps must work on vehicles registered from March 2018 (18 plate onwards).
- Engine Management Light is now a major fail. It must come on with the ignition and then turn off when the engine is started.
- Brake pad warning lights are a major fail
- Handbrake with excessive travel (i.e. pulling up to far) is now a major defect which constitutes an MOT fail.
- Oil leaks (engine, gearbox etc.) can be a major defect which constitutes an MOT fail if they are deemed large enough.
- Any modifications/removal to emissions related devices is now a major fail
- A vehicle fitted with a Diesel Particulate Filter that emits any kind of visible smoke during the metered test will now fail
- Emissions limits for diesels registered on or after 1st of January 2014 have been reduced.
Remember, here at The Test Centre we are 100% unbiased as we carry out zero maintenance, repair or service on any vehicles. You can be safe knowing your MOT continues to be fair and is in trusted hands with over 20 years of reputable experience.
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