What are the new changes to MOT tests?

What are the new changes to MOT tests?

The MOT specification is changing as of the 20th May 2018. Generally, the MOT test is becoming stricter in a number of areas. These changes will affect testing procedure and standards for MOT tests throughout England, Scotland, and Wales. Essentially the changes have been added in order to meet a new EU directive being the ‘European Union Roadworthiness Package’, and is applicable regardless of what happens with Brexit.

Different Pass Classifications

From 20 May 2018, MOT test faults will be classified as minor, major, and dangerous. Cars with minor defects will be allowed to pass the tests, however, all the faults will be recorded on the car’s MOT certificate and record – similar to how advisories are treated currently. Any cars that are classified with major or dangerous faults will be automatically failed on their MOT test.

Changes for Diesel Cars

New rules have been put into place for diesel cars in regards to their MOTs. Any car that is fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) will be tested to check if it emits ‘visible smoke of any colour’. If it does, this will be counted as a major fault therefore automatically failing the car.

Diesel cars will also be checked for tampering or removal of their DPF. MOT testers will now refuse to test any car where the DPF canister has been opened and re-welded unless it can be proven that it was for legitimate reasons.

Additional Checks

MOT testers have also been instructed to add more checks in their testing as of May 2018. These additional checks include testing on prop shafts, rear drive shafts, the security and condition of bumpers, and reverse lights. These areas have the potential to cause accidents, therefore are being scrutinised more so than before.

How do the MOT changes affect you?

The additional scrutiny on MOT tests are essentially in place to help keep our roads safer and will encourage regular vehicle checks. If you own a diesel car with a DPF that has been replaced or repaired, evidence will need to be prepared. Furthermore, if you’re buying a diesel car, check if it has a DPF and the condition of this. Always check your windscreen wipers, light bulbs, and tyre treads regularly as these generally account for 50% of failures.

If you have any questions about the changes in MOT testing, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at Prestige. If your car is due an MOT, please view all the services available with Service 2.