Thursday 15th February 2018
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new mot changes 2018

Your MOT from May 2018 will change. These changes are as a result under the EU Roadworthiness Package which aims to standardize testing and improve road safety. These changes  relate to  failures for major and minor faults,  in addition diesel cars getting a much more stringent emissions check.

New MOT Categories

The following categories  now apply to the test for any  defects found with a vehicle;

  • Dangerous
  • Major
  • Minor

Up until now, any minor issues  identified  would have been recorded as advisory  if a pass certificate was issued.  But in a few months’ time  the above new failure categories will  come into force.

With the new test, if a vehicle receives a dangerous or major notification  then an automatic failure will be issued for road worthiness. However, if only a minor fault is found then a pass certificate will still go ahead and all Minors will be noted on their certificate.

Examples of the new faults coming into play can be found in the power steering column. If the power steering liquid displays a leak in any of the pipes then this would be noted as a minor fault however, if the leak is found dripping then this would be moved to a major fault and a fail would be issued.

If say the steering wheel was loose, or a tow bar showed signs of ‘likely to become detached ’ then this would be marked as dangerous failing the MOT and marked as urgent attention required on the MOT certificate.

Further example would be checks carried out to the brake discs to see how much they have worn down, how secure they are to the wheel hubs, or if there is any leaking oil.

Dangerous faults mean that the vehicle is not safe to drive away from the garage and could cause an accident.

A lot of research has been carried out by the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) across a broad range of motorists to clarify the information on an MOT certificate to make it better and more understandable and forms part of the reason  why these changes are being brought into effect.

Neil Barlow from the DVSA has stated “The new categorisation should help motorists to do the right thing, by not driving away from the garage and get the fault fixed first. So we’ve put a much more robust set of wording around that”.

Diesel Emissions Testing

The new emissions test will get much more stringent with the aim of continuing to protect our environment. Diesel vehicles will become the worst off for the new tests as the limits will be made lower making it much harder to pass.

An example here would be if a vehicle is fitted with a diesel particulate filter and is seen to have any fault or  display any smoke at all then a ‘Major Fault’ would be noted, thus failing the MOT.

More info can be found here:

The DVSA Govt
MOT Testing Guide

Please have your say below on what you think about the new MOT changes due out in May.