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Quick Guide to the New MOT Test Changes

On the 20th May 2018 the MOT testing rules changed in the UK.  The main change is the three new defect categories which are minor, major and dangerous. Each fault category will determine whether or not a vehicle is roadworthy and safe to drive. It’s also becoming more difficult for diesel vehicles to pass the test.

‘The MOT test changed on 20 May 2018, with new defect types, stricter rules for diesel car emissions, and some vehicles over 40 years old becoming exempt.’  Gov.co.uk

Minor faults

This will be given to vehicles if they have issues that could partially impact driver safety, other road users or the environment. Getting any major defect will result in an automatic fail. The vehicle will then need to be repaired and retested before it’s allowed back on the road.

Dangerous faults

If this defect is issued it means that a vehicle poses an imminent risk to drivers, other road users or the environment. Having this fault on a vehicle makes it undrivable. A vehicle with a dangerous fault will also need to be repaired and retested before getting back on the road.

Diesel vehicles

New changes are coming for diesel vehicles too with stricter rules being put in place. One of the new regulations is if any smoke is seen emitting from the vehicle it will automatically receive a major fault. The diesel particulate filter (DPF) will be checked during the test and if it’s been tampered with, it will result in an automatic fail. Many drivers remove the DPF from time to time to clean it and it’s not illegal to do so. However, it’s illegal to drive without a DPF.

MOT Testing Centre In Trowbridge

At Norris Auto Services MOT testing centre in Trowbridge we can help you with all your MOT servicing needs. We provide professional garage services at competitive rates.
We can also help vehicle servicing, MOT’S, repairs, fault finding, diagnostics and Maintenance for cars and vans.

MOT testing near me Make sure your car complies with the new MOT rules by getting your car tested at Norris Auto Sevices.  Simply contact us online today to book your MOT.

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