As of May 2018 there will be a change in the MOT rules, meaning it’s about to get much harder for your cars to pass.
The MOT was first introduced in 1960, and after a few changes being made in 1967, it has been the same ever since. But, as of May 2018, 293,000 cars in Britain will be exempt from needing an MOT test. Cars over 40years old will not have to take the annual road test to receive an MOT certificate but will still be road worthy.
The Changes Vehicles will now be put through tougher emissions tests with faults rating at either – Dangerous, Major, Minor. Things that would be classed as a small minor before, may now not be the case.
Vehicles with faults that fall into minors will be recorded but able to pass. However, vehicles which will fall into the dangerous category will be an automatic fail.
Diesel vehicles will be harder to pass – if they give out visible smoke of any colour during a test this will fall into the major category and will also be an automatic fail.
Steering wheels will also be looked at alot closely – if a steering box was to be leaking oil this would be a minor, however, if the oil was dripping badly it would be pushed up to a major and fail automatically. Reverse lights and brake discs will also be inspected closer to make sure they fit the criteria of being safe. If they are worn or almost warn this could be another fail.
This could all become very confusing for us all as we will now have to judge if potential faults will be dangerous, majors or minors.
Better to be safe than sorry, if you feel you have a fault with your vehicle come down to us and let us check it for you. Better to pay for a small minor than to possibly be without a car if it instantly fails.