New MOT Regulations: What's Changed? (Click For Info!)
The MOT test has changed – here’s what you need to know
The Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has made changes to the way the MOT test is carried out. The changes took effect on 20th May 2018 and affects the testing procedures and standards for MOT tests in England, Scotland and Wales.
What are the changes?
An updated inspection manual for MOT testers
A new MOT inspection manual has been introduced. The manual will be used by authorised MOT testers across the UK.
New defect categorisations
Each defect found will be categorised as either dangerous, major or minor. Manual advisories will no longer be given.
Dangerous and major defects will cause a car to fail its MOT test and drivers will be advised not to drive the vehicle away in its current condition.
Minor defects can be considered as being like advisories in the old test. A vehicle will still pass its MOT if it only has minor defects.
It is hoped that the changes will make it easier for motorists to see which areas of their vehicle need more attention.
Vehicle exhaust emissions checks
New limits have been introduced for vehicle exhaust emissions testing with lower limits for diesel cars.
Classic cars exemption
Some classic cars (vehicles over 40 years old) may be exempt from statutory MOT testing. To qualify for exemption, these older vehicles must be registered as a ‘vehicle of historic interest’ with the DVLA and should not be extensively modified.
Additional components listed
Several components have been added to the manual issued by the DVSA that must be checked during an MOT test.
- Front fog lamps (fitted to vehicles first used from 1st March 2018)
- Daytime running lamps (fitted as original equipment on or after 1st March 2018)
- Reversing lamps (fitted to vehicles first used from 1st September 2009)
- Steering gear casing
- ‘Fly by wire’ steering systems
- Endurance braking system (applies to larger vehicles such as caravans only)
- Noise suppression systems (including exhaust silencers and under-bonnet deadening material)
- Anti-theft device
Why are the changes being made?
The changes are being made to comply with the EU roadworthiness directive, which is a broad set of rules covering everything from the technical inspection of cars to the registration of vehicle documents.
The DVSA carried out public consultations to inform the changes made to the MOT testing system. It hopes that these changes will benefit both MOT testers and customers, by improving the structure of the test and making the results easier to understand.
Scarborough Car Tech provides MOT tests and repairs for customers both local and further afield. We offer comprehensive MOT tests at affordable prices without having to compromise on quality. We are authorised by the DVSA with qualified MOT technicians that help to keep your car safe on the roads.
Your MOT test
After your car is on the road for three years, the government require all customers to get an MOT test. The MOT test is designed to examine the safety of your car and checks components such as your tyres, brakes, lights and seatbelts. Once your car meets all MOT safety and environmental standards it is deemed to be legal on the roads.
Qualified MOT technicians
Scarborough Car Tech offers comprehensive MOT testing with fully qualified technicians. Our mechanics are regularly trained and nominated by the DVSA to provide approved MOT tests for our customers in Scarborough and surrounding areas. Scarborough Car Tech prides itself on quality and great customer service, in addition to our great prices.
We have a great team of professional and friendly mechanics that customers can benefit from. With over 30 years’ experience, you can have peace of mind that your car is in good hands. You can book your car in at out MOT centre at any time, or simply give us a call to discuss your MOT needs. We aim to accept as many customers as possible, conducting your MOT in under an hour each time. If repairs are needed, we’ll get in touch before we start working on your car.
Vehicle collection and delivery
We want to make sure that you stay safe in your vehicle. That’s why we offer vehicle collection and delivery to all our customers at our MOT centre. As a result, we get plenty of customers that come back to us each year for a reliable MOT.
What’s more, if you need repairs to pass your MOT, our team are approved by the DVSA to conduct quality repairs quickly. We’ll go the extra mile to get your car tested and repaired the same day. As a bonus, we also offer a free retest at our MOT centre within 14 days to help save you money. A member of our team will get in touch prior to starting repairs to check you understand what’s required and to get your approval. That way, you can have peace of mind your car is in good hands.
Book your MOT test online
It’s really easy to book your MOT with Scarborough Car Tech. Simply book online or give us a call on the number provided. We also offer free collection and deliveries as well as loan cars on request (please specify at time of booking). Book online or get in touch today for a quality, approved MOT test you can trust.
I have been having my car maintained for around 3 years now at SCT and find great enthusiasm from the team, they are very kind and pleasant every time I attend and I definitely recommend them to my family and friends, because they give an excellent service at affordable prices.Denise Preston