New MOT test arrives in one week – Here’s what is changing and why it could affect you
There is just one week until the introduction of the new MOT (20 May 2018). Ahead of the date, motorists are being reminded again of the changes, which will bring cleaner, safer vehicles to Britain’s roads.
The new MOT test will launch in one week’s time (May 20th).
Every year there are around 30 million vehicles that take an MOT test and ahead of the changes coming in motorists are being reminded of what is changing.
The Driver and Vehicle Standard Agency (DVSA) has said that the changes should bring cleaner and safer vehicles on the roads in Britain.
Among the changes will be new tighter limits for smoke on diesel vehicles and clearer fail categories that set out that vehicles should not be driven until a dangerous defect is repaired, will help improve air quality and make roads safer.
These three categories are Minor, Major and Dangerous.
A car with a Minor fault can still pass the test but the issue must be addressed and resolved at the nearest convenience.
Major and Dangerous faults will see the car automatically fail.
Other changes include:
- reversing lights on vehicles first used from September 2009
- daytime running lights on vehicles first used from March 2018
- front fog lights on vehicles first used from March 2018-emission control equipment
- fluid leaks posing an environmental risk
- the MOT failure documents and certificate will be clearer and show the new defect categories
- vehicles which are more than 40 years old and have not been substantially changed will be exempt from the MOT test
DVSA Chief Executive, Gareth Llewellyn, said:
“DVSA’s priority is to help you keep your vehicle safe to drive.
“With just a week to go until the new MOT you can start to look forward to cleaner, safer vehicles with greater clarity if you own a car on any defects identified by the tester.
“A properly maintained vehicle should have no problem passing the new MOT.”
Ahead of the changes MOT testing stations and testers have been prepared to be able to implement the new test.
The MOT is a once a year health check but motorists must keep their vehicles safe to drive all year round. To do this and prepare for the MOT, Motorists should make sure that:
- brakes work smoothly and that the vehicle doesn’t pull to one side
- tyres are correctly inflated, have no cuts or bulges, and that they all have at least 1.6mm of tread-headlights and other lights work
- give them a tap to check they’re not loose or damaged and check the colours are correct and match-windscreen wipers and washers work
- the driver’s view of the road is clear of any obstruction, such as stickers, toys or air fresheners