MOT changes coming into effect in May

MOT changes coming into effect in May

STRICTER rules for diesel car emissions are among the changes coming to the MOT test in England, Wales and Scotland two months from today.

New defect types will also be included and some vehicles that are more than 40 years old will become exempt as of May 20, with the changes affecting cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency said today there were five main changes:

1) Defects will be categorised differently
2) Stricter rules for diesel car emissions
3) New items to be tested
4) The MOT certificate will be different
5) Some vehicles older than 40 years won’t need an MOT

Defects will be categorised as dangerous, major or minor. Advisories will still be issued.

There will be stricter limits for emissions from diesel cars with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). Vehicles will get a major fault if the MOT tester can see smoke of any colour coming from the exhaust, or finds evidence that the DPF has been tampered with.

Among the new items to be tested, centres will now also be checking if tyres are obviously underinflated and if the brake fluid has been contaminated, as well as for fluid leaks posing an environmental risk, reversing lights on all vehicles, brake pad warning lights, and if brake pads or discs are missing.

The new-look certificate will list any defects under the new categories so that they are clear and easy to understand.

Cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles won’t need to have an MOT if they’re more than 40 years old and haven’t been substantially changed.

At the moment, only vehicles first built before 1960 are exempt from needing an MOT. When the rules change on May 20, vehicles won’t need an MOT from the 40th anniversary of when they were registered.

The maximum fees that MOT test centres can charge will stay the same.

In January, the government decided to keep the age that a vehicle needs its first MOT at three years, rather than extend it to four years.

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