MOT 2018 rule changes

Jan 31 in General

MOT rules are changing in the UK from May 2018. Here’s what is being changing and how it could affect you.

From May 2018, new failure ratings will be introduced and a diesel loophole will be closed, making it harder for them to pass the test.

Under the new rules, the test will categorise defects and faults under three new categories – Dangerous, Minor and Major.

These new categories grade how severe and dangerous a fault is.

Minor faults may still pass the test, but they will be lagged up on the MoT certificate alongside advisory notices.

Cars that have Major or Dangerous defects will automatically fail the test.

The test will also make it harder for diesel cars to pass the test as part of the crackdown on cars producing ‘dirty’ and toxic emissions.

Diesel particulate filters (DPF) will now be rigorously checked and if it is found to have been removed or tampered with the car will fail .

In addition to this the smoke limit test will also become stricter.

From May, if the exhaust on a vehicle fitted with a diesel particulate filter emits visible smoke of any colour the car will be issued a Major fault.

Among other more general changes are the addition of new checks for reverse lights and brake discs.

Drivers can be fined £1,000 of they are found to be driving without a valid MoT certificate.

Data revealed last year by the DVSA revealed that moe than a quarter of cars are overdue for their MoT in the UK.

To combat the amount of cars that don’t have a valid certificate on the road the agency launchd a free notification service.

The new reminder service has been launched in an attempt to make Britain’s roads safer.

Drivers can now get a free annual text message or email four weeks before their car’s MOT is due.

The service is free and simple to apply for online and was developed after feedback from drivers.

Research revealed that around three-quarters of the motorists who were late for their MOT had actually forgotten the date.




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