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MOT tests will be changing

New MOT rules are you ready?

MOT tests are changing


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New research suggest a large number of motorists in the UK are unclear on what is changing and how it will affect them.

MOT tests are changing, these changes will come into force on the 20th May, they will change the way faults are categorised, to make UK roads safer.

new research shows that only 30% of drivers on the road understand these new MOT rules.

MOT tests will now be split into three categories to grade faults by severity – Minor, Major and Dangerous, the last two resulting in a fail.


Information on the DVSA website explains:

Dangerous – Fail

-A direct and immediate risk to road safety or has a serious impact on the environment.

-Do not drive the vehicle until it’s been repaired.

Major – Fail

-It may affect the vehicle’s safety, put other road users at risk or have an impact on the environment.

-Repair it immediately.

Minor – Pass

-No significant effect on the safety of the vehicle or impact on the environment. Repair as soon as possible.

Pass – Pass

-It meets the minimum legal standard.

-Make sure it continues to meet the standard.

Diesel cars will face stricter limits for emissions,

if the are have a faulty or removed diesel particulate filter (DPF).

If you can see smoke of any colour coming from exhaust pipes,

or if there is evidence the DPF has been tampered with,

you will be issued with a major fault and unable to remove your car until it is fixed.

New smoke limits will apply to vehicles first used from 2014.

Use of manufacturer specified limits will also be used where they exist, this will be for vehicles first used from July 2008.


In conclusion

New triangle system of minor, major and dangerous faults will not only take a while to comprehend.

It’s will also be a challenge for mechanics trying to advise customers, especially those who have dangerous faults, which mean you will simply be unable to take your vehicle back on the roads without repair.

Forcing you to have your repairs at the garage you took the vehicle for its MOT or by getting recovery to move it to a new location.

We think there may be a few bumps along the way, hopefully the new system can help cut emissions as well as keeping dangerous vehicles off the roads.

@SHBodyworks we offer a pre MOT check, this will help spot any defects that may affect the outcome of your MOT, and help keep down any post repair costs.

Give us a call today to find out more.


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