MOT changes coming in 2018
If you’re taking your car for an MOT on or after the 20th May 2018, and there are some major changes coming in to place, that may make it harder for some cars to pass.
Classic car owners, however, will be pleased to know that pre-1977 cars will be MOT exempt, meaning they won’t need to have one!
Changes to the MOT test will involve new types of emissions testing, as well as marking each defect of your car within three new categories. It will no longer be a pass, fail and advisories.
Changes to the emissions test
The old emissions test was designed in the 1980s. Needless to say, it has come under scrutiny over the last few years, so it was time for a fresh take on it.
New tests, with catchy names like “The Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP)”, will be a lot tougher on the CO2 emissions test, as well as measuring fuel economy, and the “Real Driving Emissions test (RDE)” will measure the amount of nitrous oxide created by your car. Too much, and you could be looking at a fault.
When it comes to diesel cars, their emissions are higher in nitrous oxide than petrol cars, so it seems MOT tests on diesel cars will use different smoke metering software and should be ready with this for the change in May.
If your MOT test picks up any dangerous faults, then these will need to be dealt with before your car is deemed road worthy. Your car will automatically fail its MOT and cannot be driven until a repair is made.
Major and dangerous faults are similar. If you receive a major fault, your car has still failed the test – however, it can be driven on the road to a place of repair, where the work will need to be completed and a new MOT test will be run
Effectively, these are the same as advisories. They are things that will eventually need fixing on your car but aren’t enough to fail your MOT at this time.
If you have a brand new car, you can also avoid this tricky new MOT test for a little while. Brand new cars do not have to have an MOT for 3 years, but you will need to have a service. What’s better – our brand new cars come with 12 months free insurance. That’s one less thing to worry about!