As of 20th May 2018, new amendments will be made the existing UK MoT test for England, Scotland and Wales, to ensure that vehicles meet the new European Union Road Worthiness package. The main change that is set to take effect to the MoT testing procedure, is the addition of new classifications for vehicle defects which will be based on the urgency for when a fault needs to be rectified. Escalating in order of importance and consequence, the categories will be classed as Minor, Major and Dangerous.
Below is a description as to what the classifications mean for vehicle owners.
Minor – this is very similar to the advisories that vehicle owners will currently receive. A vehicle can be passed with Minor defects, but the faults will be recorded on the MoT certificate and online.
Major – should a car be deemed to have a major defect, it will not pass the MoT test and the fault will need to be rectified before a pass can be issued.
Dangerous Defect – Car’s with a Dangerous defect will not be allowed to leave the MoT centre.
Talking of the changes, Neil Barlow, Head of MoT Policy at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) told Autoexpress:
“We’re changing the wording on the certificate. We’ve done a lot of research with motorists to find out what sort of information helps.
“The new categorisation should help motorists to do the right thing – not driving away from the garage with a fault, and instead get the fault fixed. So, we’ve put a much more robust set of wording around that.”
Following a host of Government changes the revamped MoT test will also see stricter rules placed upon diesel vehicles. To begin, diesel emission limits will be lowered and any diesel car that is fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and emits smoke of any colour will automatically fail its MoT.
There are also new rules surrounding an inspection of the DPF itself – should a MoT tester suspect that the DPF has been removed or tampered with, then they must refuse to MoT the car. MoT testers are allowed to test a car where the DPF canister shows signs of being cut open and re-welded if the owner of the vehicle can supply a legitimate reason, such as filter cleaning.
For more information on what how the Mot testing procedures are changing, please read the government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mot-changes-from-may-2018-guidance-for-mot-testers/overview-of-mot-changes-from-may-2018
MoT Testing at Stourbridge Automotive Ltd
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If your MoT is due and you would like to make a booking, please contact our certified team or see our website page for more information on MoT Testing– http://www.stourbridgeautomotive.co.uk/mot-testing/