On 20 May 2018, new rules will apply to the MOT test. We've put together a list of some of the changes that might apply to your vehicle.
From 19 April 2018, MOT certificates will look different in preparation for new MOT test rules which start in May.
We'll update you on the new test rules and what they might mean for you very soon but in the meantime, here's a look at the new style certificates.
In March 2013 a number of items were added to the list of MOT test check points, mostly relating to electrical systems and their associated warning lights.
In addition, as of February 16th, diesel vehicles will be tested for a diesel particulate filter (DPF) or diesel catalytic converter (DCAT) if they were fitted as standard on that vehicle.
From February 16th 2014, any diesel vehicle that had a diesel particulate filter (DPF) or diesel catalytic converter (DCAT) fitted as standard will fail an MOT test if that filter has been removed.
DPFs are fitted to filter out diesel particulate from exhaust gasses. They sometimes need a ‘regeneration’ to clear them of particle build up, which involves a fairly lengthy drive, at speed, to get the filter hot for 10 to 20 minutes or more. Doing this is a normal part of the car’s regular maintenance routine – if you don’t know how to regenerate your car’s DPF, consult the car’s handbook.
Did you know that in October 2011 the MOT Certificate changed? You will no longer receive the green certificate many of us are so familiar with, but a white, printed receipt of your MOT result.
The reason behind this is that all MOT information is now held online, so you are simply given a receipt showing what information has been recorded against your vehicle on the VOSA database.
There have been some changes to the MOT test this week, which reflect the increased technology in modern vehicles and bring the UK in line with EU standards.
From 20th March 2013 the following test points, which have been on the ‘Advisory’ list since 2012, become failure points:
For Class 4, 5 & 7 vehicles