As of 20th May 2018, the rules of MOT tests have changed in the UK to ensure that all cars, vans, motorcycles and light passenger vehicles are all in top condition to be on the road.
If defects in a vehicle are found during a test, they will now be categorised as either 'Dangerous', 'Major' or 'Minor';
- Dangerous: fail. This means "a direct and immediate risk to road safety or has a serious impact on the environment" has been detected and must not be driven until repaired.
- Major: fail. This means it "may affect the vehicle’s safety, put other road users at risk or have an impact on the environment" and must be repaired immediately.
- Minor: pass. This means there is "no significant effect on the safety of the vehicle or impact on the environment" but should be repaired as soon as possible.
There will also be an 'Advisory Pass', which means you will need to monitor the defect and repair it if neccessary and a simple 'Pass', which means the vehicle meets the legal standard with no repairs needed.
There will also be stricter rules for diesel car emissions. Vehicles will get a 'Major' fault if smoke of any colour is coming from the exhaust or there is evidence that the DPF has been tampered with.
Some new items have been added to the testing list, including underinflated tyres, contaminated brake fluid, reversing lights and daytime running lights.
Another major change is that motor vehicles over the age of 40 years old will not need an MOT. You can check the date of your vehicle here.
Find out more details about the new MOT testing rules here or contact us today for more information.