Are your Vehicles Ready for the new MOT Test?

Are your vehicles ready for the new MOT Test? Five main changes came into effect on 20 May 2018 so it will pay you to make sure that your vehicles comply with the new rules before they are tested.

The categories of defects have changed, there are stricter rules for emissions from diesel cars, some new items have been added and some vehicles over 40 years old won’t need an MOT. Plus which the certificate itself now looks different.

It’s probably fair to say that all businesses will own at least one vehicle, so this piece of information will apply to pretty much everyone (excepting of course those whose cars, vans and vehicles are always under three years old!)

Which Vehicles do the new MOT test rules affect?

These changes affect cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles.

Some things that haven’t changed include the maximum fee that you are charged for the MOT test, and the age at which a vehicle requires its first test (3 years).

The key areas where the new MOT rules change are:

  1. Defects

These will now be categorised differently (from minor to dangerous), and you’ll still be advised about any items which need to be monitored.

  1. Tightening up the rules for diesel car emissions

If your vehicle has a diesel particulate filter (DPF) to capture and store exhaust soot it will get a major fault (and fail the MOT) if any coloured smoke comes from the exhaust, or if the filter has been tampered with.

  1. New things that have been added to the MOT

A range of additional items will now also be checked when an MOT inspection is carried out. Such as whether the tyres are underinflated, looking for fluid leaks which could pose an environmental risk, and a number of others.

  1. Your MOT certificate will look different

The new style of certificate lists defects so that they’re easy to understand.

  1. MOTs for Vehicles over 40

If they’re over 40 years old and haven’t been substantially changed, cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles won’t now need to have an MOT. From the 40th anniversary of its first registration you’ll simply have to declare that it meets the rules for not needing an MOT.

Did you know?

We’re all busy and remembering MOT tests is one more thing to do. However you can get a free MOT reminder by text message or email a month before your MOT is due.

Not forgetting that you can of course be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT, so it’s really not worth the risk.

You can find out more from the .gov website at this link

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