New MOT Guidelines Will Come Into Force in May 2018

By: Lisa Harper

The government have made a U-turn on proposed changes to MOT for new cars. Back in January 2017 it looked set that 2018 MOT guidelines would be brought into line with those in Europe meaning new cars wouldn’t need an annual MOT until they were 4 years old. However, concerns were raised about how safe this was given that 40% of cars failed their first MOT mainly due to wear and tear on parts like worn tyres or faulty lights. The result is this has now been scrapped and cars will continue to require an annual MOT when 3 years old.

However there are new MOT guidelines which are set to go ahead and will come into force in May 2018:

-The government will be introducing 3 new fault categories to MOT testing, these include dangerous, major and minor. If your car is found to have a dangerous fault it will automatically fail. Whilst if minor faults are found the car will still pass but the faults will be flagged up. Neil Barlow head of MOT policy at the DVSA has said that changes to the wording on MOT certificate are the result of

‘a lot of research with motorists to find out what helps.’ The aim being to make it to clearer to motorists when the problem is so bad the car shouldn’t be driven away from the garage.

- Vehicles that have had their diesel particulate filters removed or tampered with (unless to carry out a filter change) will be failed. The smoke limit test is also set to become stricter, with any diesel car that emits visible smoke of any colour receiving a major fault and automatically failing its MOT. That’s not all, new assessment will be brought into force for emission control equipment, meaning AdBlue systems will also be assessed for defects.

- Cars will be checked for fluid leaks that pose an environmental leak and could fail depending on the type of substance leaking and how severe the leak is.

- Other changes will come into play for cars first used after March 2018 as they will have their daytime running lights and front fog lights inspected. Whilst new checks on the cars prop shafts, rear drive shafts, the security and condition of bumpers, and reversing lights will be introduced on 20th May .

- Cars over forty years old will no longer require an annual MOT as the government has classed them as vehicles of historical interest. It means approximately 1.5% of British motorists will no longer require an annual MOT. Defending the move the government states that owners of such vehicles usually cover less mileage and spend more time maintaining their vehicle.

Remember an annual MOT is an important aspect of vehicle maintenance and you can be fined up to £1,000 if you are caught driving a vehicle that doesn’t have a valid MOT. To make it easier to find out when your MOT is due you can now check online

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