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What do the recent MOT changes actually mean

By December 21, 2020October 23rd, 2023No Comments

In case you missed it, the MOT test underwent a major overhaul in May this year in order to help bring it in line with European standards. And, yes we know, Britain may be leaving the EU soon, but this doesn’t mean that the MOT test will be changing back anytime soon. So, in this article, we’ll look at what the changes mean and what you can expect from the new test.

Introduction of new categories

There are three new categories when it comes to the MOT test and these are dangerous, major and minor. These indicate that your vehicle needs repairs and both major and dangerous will result in your vehicle failing its MOT. A car that has either a major or dangerous fail will need to be repaired immediately with a dangerous fail making it illegal to drive the vehicle until the repairs are made. This is a big change from previous rules which allowed owners to continue using their vehicle if they had time remaining on their previous test.

Stricter rules for diesel car emissions

For vehicles fitted with a diesel particulate filter, there are some changes to ensure that the DPF has not been removed or tampered with. Vehicles which have any colour smoke coming from the exhaust or there is evidence of the DPF having been tampered with will receive a major fault.

New items added to the test

As well as stricter rules and new categories several new items have been added to the test and these include:

• Obviously underinflated tyres

• Contaminated brake fluid

• Fluid leaks that pose an environmental risk

• Brake pad warning lights

• Reversing lights

• Tyre pressure monitoring system

Vehicles over 40 years old are excluded

Any vehicle over the age of 40 will now be excluded from needing an MOT test. Previously only vehicles which were first registered before 1960 were excluded from the annual test, but this now applies to any vehicle that is over 40 years old. This only applies to vehicles that have not been substantially changed in their lifespan so in reality this still only applies to classic cars that are well looked after and are in good condition.

What can you do if your car fails?

With the growing focus on emissions if your car is at the end of its useful life expectancy and keeps failing its MOT, then it may be time to get rid of it. If you are continually spending money and time on keeping your car running, then it might be time to scrap your car and change it for a more modern motor. At Cars 2 Cash we can help you get the best price for your scrap car so get in touch with us today on 0800 024 6204.