New MOT rules come into force

Changes to MOT testing see new failure categories and stricter diesel emissions tests added to the annual road worthiness test this month. 

The main change that is set to take effect is the addition of new classifications for vehicle defects that are based on the urgency that the fault needs to be rectified. Escalating in importance and consequence, the categories will be Minor, Major and Dangerous.

The first of the classifications – Minor – is very similar to the advisories that you can receive now; a vehicle can be passed with Minor defects but the faults will be recorded on the MOT certificate and online.

Should a car be deemed to have a Major or Dangerous defect however, it will not pass the MOT test and the fault will need to be rectified before a pass can be issued – car’s with a Dangerous defect will not be allowed to leave the MOT centre.

Talking of the changes, Neil Barlow, Head of MOT Policy at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) told Autoexpress:

“We’re changing the wording on the certificate. We’ve done a lot of research with motorists to find out what sort of information helps.

“The new categorisation should help motorists to do the right thing – not driving away from the garage with a fault, and instead get the fault fixed. So we’ve put a much more robust set of wording around that.”

Following a host of Government changes that you may have seen in the news recently, the revamped MOT test will also see stricter rules placed upon diesel vehicles. To begin, diesel emission limits will be lowered and any diesel car that is fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and emits smoke of any colour will automatically fail its MOT.

There are also new rules surrounding an inspection of the DPF itself – should a tester suspect that the DPF has been removed or tampered with, they must refuse to MOT the car. MOT testers are allowed to test a car where the DPF canister shows signs of being cut open and re-welded if the owner of the vehicle can supply a legitimate reason, such as filter cleaning, when challenged.

The amendments to the MOT test are being made in order to ensure that vehicles meet a new European Union Road Worthiness package and came into effect on 20th May 2018. What do you think of the new failure categories and emissions standards? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.


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