Monday, 22 January 2018

Upcoming changes to the MOT test and what does it mean for you?

This May the DVSA (Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency) are making changes to the way the MOT test is carried out affecting the testing procedure and standards. Taking effect from 20th May 2018 we will walk you through some of the more immediate implications these changes could have to the every day motorist. 

So what are some of the changes?
  • The DVSA are replacing advisories with minor fails meaning the three categories that determine the measurement of an issue will now be categorised into Dangerous, Major and Minor. A pass will still be granted for minor fails however these will be noted on your test certificate 
  • A major fail will now be given to anyone who replaced halogen headlamps with HID bulbs even if the aim is correct as it is an offence to do this modification and the MOT will now reflect this
  • Any car registered from 1st September 2009 (59 plate onwards) will now include reversing lights as part of the MOT. Daytime running lamps (DRL's) & front fog lamps must also work on vehicles registered from March 2018 (18 plate onwards)
  • Upon starting the vehicle, Engine Management Light failure is now a major fail. It must come on with the ignition and then turn off when the engine is started
  • If your brake pad warning light is illuminated this is a major fail
  • A Handbrake with excessive travel is now a major fail whereas before it would only a fail if there was no reserve travel
  • A check of hydraulic brake fluid that results in contaminated brake fluid is a major fail. 
  • An oil leak (engine, gearbox etc.) that is deemed large enough will now be considered a major fail
  • Any modifications/removal to emissions related devices including DPF'S and EGR's will now be a major fail and where a DPF canister has been cut open and re-welded will now fail
  • A vehicle fitted with a DPF 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 and diesel vehicles will now have to pass the limit that was set by the manufacturer when the car was new. For example the current limit may be 1.50 and under the new rules could change to as low as 0.30. This information can be found on the VIN plate
  • Cars older than 40 years old will no longer require a MOT certificate and will be exempt from MOT testing rather than the current pre-1960’s rule
  • Various steering related components such as casing and linkage that present issues will be a major fail

Why are these changes happening?

The changes directly relate too and comply with the EU roadworthiness directive, which is a broad set of rules covering everything from the technical inspection of cars to the registration of vehicle documents.

The DVSA hopes the changes will benefit both MOT testers and customers, by improving the structure of the test and making the results easier to understand.