New MOT arrives this month

New MOT arrives this month


With the new MOT arriving this month (20 May 2018), the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is reminding motorists of the changes.

Every year 30 million vehicles take their MOT. New tighter limits for smoke on diesel vehicles and clearer fail categories that set out that vehicles should not be driven until a dangerous defect is repaired, will help improve air quality and make roads safer.

Other changes include:

  • new checks, including:
    • reversing lights on vehicles first used from September 2009
    • daytime running lights on vehicles first used from March 2018
    • front fog lights on vehicles first used from March 2018
    • emission control equipment
    • fluid leaks posing an environmental risk
  • changing the MOT failure documents and certificate to make them clearer and to make them show the new defect categories
  • making vehicles which are more than 40 years old and have not been substantially changed exempt from the MOT test

DVSA Chief Executive, Gareth Llewellyn, said:

“DVSA’s priority is to help you keep your vehicle safe to drive.

“Our 22,000 testing stations are ready to begin the new test. With just under a month to go before the changes, I’d urge all motorists to familiarise themselves with the new items that will be included in the test so they can avoid their vehicle failing its MOT.

“A properly maintained vehicle should have no problem passing the new MOT.”

MOT testing stations and testers are fully prepared for the changes. All testing stations have the final version of the new MOT Testing Manual (we’ve been sharing draft versions with them for the past six months).

The MOT is a once a year health check but motorists must keep their vehicles safe to drive all year round. To do this and prepare for the MOT, motorists should make sure that:

  • brakes work smoothly and that the vehicle doesn’t pull to one side
  • tyres are correctly inflated, have no cuts or bulges, and that they all have at least 1.6mm of tread
  • headlights and other lights work – give them a tap to check they’re not loose or damaged and check the colours are correct and match
  • windscreen wipers and washers work
  • the driver’s view of the road is clear of any obstruction, such as stickers, toys or air fresheners
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