As of 20th May 2018, the way MOT tests work will change, what will this affect and what do you need to know?
What are the things you need to know?
1. The defects found during an MOT will be categorised differently from May 20th. The defects will now be:
• Dangerous- this is an immediate fail as there is a serious immediate safety risk or an immediate risk to the environment. You will not be able to drive a vehicle that receives a dangerous rating until the car has been fixed.
• Major- this to would be a fail and require immediate repair. This type of defect may be a safety risk or an environmental risk.
• Minor- there is no immediate risk with a minor fault, and the vehicle will still pass, however the defect will need to be repaired as soon as possible.
• Advisories. This could become more problematic in the future and should be monitored with a view to review. A vehicle would pass the MOT even if it had several advisories.
• Pass. This meets the required legal standards, and nothing further is required.
2. New rules for diesel car emissions
The Rules for diesel cars will become a lot stricter in particular:
• If smoke is coming from the exhaust this would be a major fault.
• The diesel particulate filter captures soot to reduce emissions and if there is any evidence that this has been tampered with, the vehicle would receive a major fault.
3. There will be a number of new items that will be tested from May 21st, 2018:
• Tyres being underinflated.
• Brake fluid contamination
• Environment risks from fluid leaks
• Break pad warning lights
• Headlight washers if the vehicle is fitted with them.
4. Vehicles over 40 years old may not need an MOT.
• If your vehicle is over 40 years old and has not been significantly change, you may not need an MOT.
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