MOT test

Changes in MOT Testing – A Complete Guide

The coronavirus pandemic disrupted our lives, and even our vehicle roadworthiness test, the annual MOT that is a requirement for all cars older than three, was impacted. However, the MOT is now back on track with any dispensations expired and the requirement for your MOT to be done in a timely fashion once more a must. But there have been some changes over the last couple of years: here is a complete guide to the changes in MOT testing that you may not be aware of before you book MOTs in London at Elite Direct.

Tyre Inflation In

As of 2018, your tyres must be inflated to within the recommended range offered by the manufacturer. This is because modern tyres work so much better at optimal inflation and can become positively dangerous if over- or under-inflated, unlike older tyres which allowed drivers to use their discretion.

Pass/ Fail Gone

The old system of pass/ fail has been done away with and you will now receive a dangerous fail, a major fail, a minor fail (which can sometimes be a pass if the fault is sufficiently minor and there is only one problematic item). The two clear passes are advisory, when there are signs of future problems that are not yet affecting the car, or pass, which speaks for itself.

Old Cars Exempt

Cars older than forty years are exempt from an annual MOT, although owners can opt to have their MOT done if they wish. This is because cars of this age tend to be vintage or classic cars, beautifully maintained and only driven once or twice a year, usually to attend car shows.

Higher Diesel Particulate Standards

The criteria for diesel particulates is more stringent with fewer particulates allowed than previously. This is to try and reduce air pollution from diesel vehicles on the roads.

Dashboard Warning Fail

Having an ignited dashboard warning light is now a major fail. This is because warning lights are your car’s way of letting you know that there is an urgent problem that should be updated without delay and the fact that one is lit at the time of the MOT is taken as a sign that you are perhaps a neglectful driver who has ignored the light for some time. The odds of a warning light igniting immediately before an MOT are very low indeed!

Until next time.

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