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4 ways MOT tests are changing this year


We all know what an MOT is, why it’s done and that it has to be completed annually – but not many people know about changes that are coming to the tests later on this year. In May, a new set of MOT failures will be introduced and they will be measured in three categories: minor, major and dangerous. It will also become harder for diesel vehicles to pass their MOT tests.

  1. Minor faults

These will be issued if your vehicle has defects that don’t risk driver safety or impact the environment. If these are the only faults received, your vehicle will pass the MOT test, however, they will be recorded on the MOT certificate.

  1. Major faults

Major faults will be issued if there are defects in your vehicle that could impact your safety while driving. This defect is also issued if there’s a risk to other road users or the environment. If a major fault is issued your vehicle will fail its MOT test and will need to be repaired and retested.

  1. Dangerous faults

This fault is the most serious and is issued when an instant problem is spotted. If the defect is an imminent risk to driver safety, other road users or the environment this will be issued. A dangerous fault results in your vehicle instantly failing its MOT test.

  1. Diesel vehicles

Diesel vehicles are having their MOT tests changed in a big way, making it harder for them to pass. The diesel particulate filter (DPF) will now be checked as part of the test. If the DPF has been removed or moved around it will result in an automatic fail. Another big thing is if a diesel vehicle emits any sort of smoke during the MOT it will be recorded as a major fault.

Is your MOT fast approaching? Stay organised and book your can in for an MOT today! You can use our quick and easy online booking tool at no additional cost. You’ll only have to pay once the work is complete! 


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