New MOT Test Rules... here's what you need to know

New MOT test rules come into effect on Sunday 20th May 2018 for drivers in England, Scotland & Wales.

The DVSA explained that the changes are being made to improve air quality and make roads safer within the UK.

The changes will mainly affect cars, vans & motorcycles. 



Changes to the MOT test will involve a new type of emission testing and measuring car defects within three main categories; Dangerous, major and minor. 

The categories are focused on making it simpler for the motorist to determine whether or not their vehicle is safe to drive. 

Minor defects will act in the same way as an 'advisory', meaning these will eventually need fixed, however it is not essential to pass your MOT. 

Major and dangerous faults will need to be dealt with before the car is deemed roadworthy. The DVSA say a vehicle with a dangerous fault should not be driven until it is repaired. Any driver who does drive their vehicle with a dangerous or major fault can risk being fined and receiving penalty points on their licence. 

There will also be stricter limits in place for emissions from diesel vehicles with a particulate filter. This means it will be tougher for diesel vehicles to pass the emissions test as any diesel vehicle that emits smoke of any colour, will automatically fail and you will receive a major fault. You will also be given a major fault if there is any evidence to suggest your filter has been tampered with. 



For more information on the new MOT test rules, you can visit the DVSA website or if you're not sure when your MOT is due, you can check this with the Vehicle Enquiry Service.