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How will the new MOT rules affect you?

Published on Thursday 17 May 2018 in Van News

How will the new MOT rules affect you?

The MOT rules are changing…you better check this out!

With the MOT rules changing on 20th May, and with stricter regulations coming into play…how will this affect you and your vehicle? Vanarama's Laura Day reports.

As it stands, vehicles over 3-years-old must legally have an MOT test carried out every year, by an approved testing centre.

The purpose of this test is to check the technical elements of your vehicle, to make sure it's safe to drive.


What's changing?

It's important to know what to expect with the new changes arriving so soon. So, here are the BIG ones to keep an eye out for…


1. New defect categories

The aim of the new system is designed to give you a clearer indication about the level of defect your vehicle might have, as opposed to a black and white 'pass' or 'fail'.

Minor (Pass) – vehicles with minor defects will be allowed to pass and the faults will be recorded, so you can get them fixed at a later date – but don't leave it too long or the problem could get MUCH worse. For example, there's slight damage to the brake hose.

Major (Fail) – vehicles with major defects will automatically fail the MOT and should be repaired immediately. For example, if the oil leaks from the steering box so badly that it drips.

Dangerous (Fail) – vehicles that fall into this category will either be deemed an immediate risk to road safety or have a serious impact on the environment. So, they will automatically fail and the vehicle shouldn't be driven until it's been repaired. For example, if the steering wheel is so loose it's likely to become detached.


2. Stricter rules for diesel vehicle emissions

Now this, you might want to pay attention to...

Any vehicle that has been fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF), that gives out visible smoke of any colour during testing will get a major fault – an automatic fail.

And watch out, because if the MOT tester finds evidence that the DPF has been tampered with, this will also class as a fail.


3. New parts to be tested

On top of all of the current checks, there will be new elements added to the testing procedure. These include checking if:

  • Tyres are obviously underinflated
  • Brake pad warning lights are lit, and if brake pads or discs are missing
  • Fluid has leaked, posing an environmental risk
  • Brake fluid has been contaminated
  • Reversing lights on all vehicles are functional


Why are these changes happening?

The changes are being introduced as part of the EU roadworthiness directive. Despite the UK voting to leave the EU, the changes are being implemented because (currently) we are still a full member.

The idea behind the new rules is to improve vehicle technology and maintenance across Europe. The bigger aim is to help the EU's 'zero vision' goal of zero fatalities in road transport by 2050.

As well as this, the changes hope to ensure robust functioning vehicle emission control systems, to help improve the environment – because let's face it, we all want to be a part of a cleaner, greener world.

So, be sure to pay attention to the new rules, and you and your vehicle will be kept well out of trouble!

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