The MOT test as we know it is changing. There are several ways in which the traditional system is being altered, but the one that motorists will probably be most worried about is the one that could land them with a hefty fine.
Here’s what you need to know about the new system of rules.
Changes to the MOT Test
According to the RAC, new MOT rules have been brought in so that the UK can comply with an EU directive on roadworthiness. At this time, the UK is still a member of the EU and so the directive applies.
Drivers will be able to take their vehicle in for a MOT test a month prior to the date that it is actually required. However, if enough faults are found to fail the vehicle, it cannot be driven on the road until the repairs are completed, even though, technically, it still has a valid test. If a driver is caught driving such a vehicle, they can be fined up to £2,500.
When you use a Gloucester MOT test centre such as http://swiftfit.uk.com/gloucester-mot/, any faults that will be categorised as either ‘minor’, ‘major’ or ‘dangerous’.
A ‘minor’ fault will not stop your car from passing the roadworthiness test but will be notified to you so that you can get it dealt with soon. It is similar to the current ‘advisory’ system that operated previously. A ‘dangerous’ or a ‘major’ fault makes a vehicle unsafe to drive.
The best advice is that vehicles with ‘dangerous’ defects should not be on the road.
Diesel Car MOTs
There has been a lot of concern about the emissions from the exhausts of diesel cars, especially about particulates. These are tiny particles that can get into the lungs and cause damage.
There are tighter rules about emissions from diesel cars. Any vehicle that was first used from 2014 onwards will have to comply with some new smoke limits. If the MOT tester starts up the car and there is visible smoke coming out of the exhaust, the car will fail the MOT immediately.
There are also some stricter checks on reversing lights and daytime running lights. In addition, your front fog lights will be checked, and the tester will be looking for fluid leaks.