MOT changes took place recently!

MOT changes took place on  20 May 2018, with new defect types, stricter rules for diesel car emissions, and some vehicles over 40 years old becoming exempt.The DVSA website specifies that there are 5 main changes that motorists need to know about. Here’s the breakdown of each change:Defects are now categorised differentlyDefects found during the MOT will be categorised as either:
  • dangerous
  • major
  • minor
The category the MOT tester gives each item will depend on the type of problem and how serious it is.MOT testers will still give advice about items you need to monitor. These are known as ‘advisories’. Stricter rules for diesel car emissions - There are now stricter limits for emissions from diesel cars with a diesel particulate filter (DPF).  A DPF captures and stores exhaust soot to reduce emissions from diesel cars. Your vehicle will get a major fault if the MOT tester:
  • can see smoke of any colour coming from the exhaust
  • finds evidence that the DPF has been tampered with
Some new things that are now included in the MOTThis include checking:
  • if tyres are obviously underinflated
  • if the brake fluid has been contaminated
  • for fluid leaks posing an environmental risk
  • brake pad warning lights and if brake pads or discs are missing
  • reversing lights on vehicles first used from 1 September 2009
  • headlight washers on vehicles first used from 1 September 2009 (if they have them)
  • daytime running lights on vehicles first used from 1 March 2018 (most of these vehicles will have their first MOT in 2021 when they’re 3 years old)
There are other smaller changes to how some items are checked. Your MOT centre will be able to tell you about these.The MOT certificate will changeThe design of the MOT certificate will change. It will list any defects under the new categories, so they’re clear and easy to understand. The service to check the MOT history of a vehicle will be updated to reflect the changes.Some vehicles over 40 years old won’t need an MOTCars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles won’t need to have an MOT if they’re over 40 years old and have not been substantially changed.At the moment, only vehicles first built before 1960 are exempt from needing an MOT. When the rules changed on 20 May 2018, vehicles won’t need an MOT from the 40th anniversary of when they were registered. You can check the date the vehicle was registered online.You won’t have to apply to stop getting an MOT for your vehicle. However, each time you tax your historic vehicle (even if you don’t pay a fee), you’ll have to declare it meets the rules for not needing an MOT.The Fee for an MOT with us won’t change and remains at £40 with a free retest within 10 days.If you’re looking to give your motor some TLC, you can bring your vehicle to us at Guide Bridge Mot & Service Centre (we are members of the Trust My Garage scheme) Whether it’s for an MOT, check-up, service or repair, being part of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) approved code of conduct means that you and you motor both get the best possible service. Call our reception on 0161 339 5354