As of 20th May 2018, the MOT test is set to get tougher and implement much stricter guidelines. Later this month, if your car is due for an MOT you will see drastic changes in the classifications of the MOT test outcome. These changes mean that MOT test faults will now be classified as Minor, Major and Dangerous.
Minor - If the outcome of your MOT test is Minor, you will pass the MOT test however the faults will be recorded on the MOT certificate and online record.
Major and Dangerous - For Major or Dangerous test faults, there will be an automatic failure of the MOT.
With the new rules, all vehicles will be assessed for fluid leaks which could cause a potential environmental risk, and all cars first used after March 2018 will have their daytime running lights (DRL) and front fog lights tested. Other changes include checking reverse lights as well as brake discs which will be inspected to see if they are significantly worn. These checks are in addition to existing checks for oil contamination of the brake disc and how securely they are attached to the wheel hubs.There are also stricter rules for Diesel cars. The new rules mean any Diesel car currently fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) will get an immediate Major fault and fail the MOT test if the DPF has had the filter removed or it has been tampered with; and the same goes for the cars which produce any visible smoke of any colour.
What do I have to do?Bringing your vehicle into RMB for its MOT test couldn't be easier. The MOT test may be changing, however you can rest assured that our service departments are not and we are on hand to ease you through the process of the new changes. To find out if your vehicle will be affected by new MOT rules, feel free to contact us or complete a short online enquiry form and a member of our service team will be in touch.