Not content with changing the practical driving test late last year (which the jury is still out on by the way!), the powers that be are soon to be bringing a new MOT test into force. The revised MOT test, which will now feature minor, major and dangerous faults is set to come into effect on the 20th of May, this year. We’re taking a look at all the stand out changes drivers need to be aware of…

Firstly, how it works
The new test will feature three types of fault; minor, major and dangerous, a vehicle with minor faults will still pass the MOT test, but the faults will be recorded on the MOT certificate. Major and dangerous faults are a different story though, if you car has them during the test, your car will receive an automatic fail and it goes without saying, driving with these faults will be a criminal offence.

DPF Dodging
Diesel cars are put under scrutiny a lot more with the new checks; particularly DPF filters. If your Diesel Particulate Filter is deemed to emit ‘visible smoke of any colour’ it’s a major fault. The test goes a step further too, in clamping down on drivers who have had DPF’s removed in the past, to reduce their maintenance hassle; if your DPF canister has been cut open and re-welded, it’s another major fault; bad news for dodgy diesel garages!

Exhaust emissions
Diesel cars in particular will have to meet stricter emissions tests to adhere to EU guidelines.

Lowered Limits
Emissions testing under the new rules is set to get much tougher, again, with an emphasis on diesel cars. Cars registered on or after the 14th of January 2014 will see their limit majorly reduced, to meet new EU standards.

Tighter on Lights
Cars with daytime running lights, as well as front fog lamps, according to the MOT draft changes, must work on Model Year 18 cars, registered after March this year. If they don’t, it’s a minor fault. Reverse lights have also been added for the first time, for cars registered after 2009.

Major Warning Signs
The engine management light must now appear on ignition, if it stays on during idling though, it’s now a major fault, which means your car will fail!

Leaks Could Cost You
Although leaks of oil, steering fluid, brake fluid and the like should always be acted upon by any car owner, as soon as possible, under the new test guidelines, leaking fluids could potentially result in an MOT fail. MOT examiners have discretion here though, as they can determine whether a leak is a minor or major fault, depending upon it’s severity. In our opinion this is a good idea, as it lets the experts decide what is right and wrong on each individual vehicle.

That’s a rough round up of SOME of the major changes the MOT test will undertake, we say some, as there are plenty more! Do you think the test changes are a good or bad idea? Is it all about road safety, or just another clever way of getting money out of the motorist? Let us know in the comments!

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