The 20th May 2018 sees the new MOT test changes come into practice. These changes include: tighter rules for diesel car emissions, new defect categories, and some vehicles over 40 years old being classified as exempt.
Cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles will all be affected by the implementation of the changes.
What you will need to know.
Defects revealed during the MOT will be categorised as follows :
The category provided by the MOT tester for each item depends on the individual problem and its seriousness.
MOT testers will continue to give advice to monitor items, these are known as ‘advisories’.
It is worth noting that all JCB Group Service Centres have always included free 'vehicle visual health checks' as part of the routine procedure on a vehicle visit to the workshop. We check a long list of components for roadworthiness and rate them by a traffic light system. We would not let you drive the vehicle away if there was a red light category defect.
Diesel car emissions with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) - which captures and stores exhaust soot reducing emissions from diesel cars - have tighter limits.
The MOT tester may give a major fault fail if :
Currently, only vehicles built before 1960 are exempt from requiring an MOT. However, vehicles over 40 years old will not require an MOT from May 2018. These vehicles will not need an MOT from the 40th anniversary of when they were first registered.
Eg; A vehicle first registered on 31st May 1978, will not need an MOT from 31st May 2018.
Although, each time you tax your historic vehicle, even if you aren’t required to pay a fee, you will need to declare it meets the new rules for not requiring an MOT. There is no need to apply to stop getting an MOT for your vehicle.