MOT changes in May

Changing gear

2018 will see MOT testing in the UK undergo a radical change. To comply with the newly formed European Union Roadworthiness Package, three new failure ratings will be added to all MOT assessments as of May 20th. Tougher rules will also be implemented for diesel cars, with an increased focus on lowering fuel emissions. Read on to discover exactly what is changing and how we can help prepare you for the future.

What’s new?

From May 20th, any defects found with your vehicle will be classified into three categories; Minor, Major and Dangerous. Cars with minor defects will be able to pass their MOT (with faults being recorded on their MOT certificate and online record), while models exhibiting major or dangerous defects, will face immediate failure.

Testers will be implementing new checks for reverse lights and brake discs, paying close attention to the whether or not the latter are significantly worn. Current MOT criteria will also be given a keener focus. For example, a steering box leaking oil would incur a Minor fault, while one leaking to the extent that it is dripping, would incur a Major Defect and automatically fail the test.

The revised MOT assessment will also tighten the testing of all diesel models. Any vehicle fitted with a diesel particle filter (DPF) found to produce “visible smoke of any colour” will be failed immediately. Testers will be examining cars for any evidence of removed or altered DPF’s and will refuse to assess any car in which the “DPF canister has clearly been cut open and re-welded.” If it’s proven that the adjustment was “for legitimate reasons such as filter cleaning”, diesel owners will be able to bypass this refusal, but testers have been instructed to be extremely tough in this department.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has also stepped up its scrutiny of emissions, with an increased focus on lowering the limits for all diesel models.

How can we help?

Chris Variava is a family-owned dealership with over 25 years of experience, so when it comes to expert MOTs, we’ve got you covered. Offering the highest quality of service, our friendly team is here to ensure that you face these oncoming changes with confidence.

If you’re MOT is due, get in touch and we’ll get you booked in. You can also browse our range of services online and please free feel to get in touch if you have any questions.