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New MOT system

Does your car need an MOT?

You'll be in for a surprise when you take it in from 20th May, as new rules apply. Here's what's going to happen when you take your car into a garage. The MOT certificate will look different and the tester will be using different more stringent categories for any defects on your car.

What are the categories and what do they mean:

  • Dangerous

A direct and immediate risk to road safety or has a serious impact on the environment. Do not drive the vehicle until it’s been repaired. FAIL.

  • Major

It may affect the vehicle’s safety, put other road users at risk or have an impact on the environment. Repair it immediately. FAIL

  • Minor

No significant effect on the safety of the vehicle or impact on the environment. Repair as soon as possible. PASS

  • Advisory

It could become more serious in the future. Monitor and repair it if necessary. PASS

  • Pass

It meets the minimum legal standard. Make sure it continues to meet the standard. PASS

Here is a list of new items added to the MOT test too. I would advise checking these before taking your car in for an MOT:

  • Tyres are obviously under-inflated
  • Brake fluid has been contaminated
  • Fluid leaks posing an environmental risk
  • Brake pad warning lights and if brake pads or discs are missing
  • Reversing lights on vehicles first used from 1 September 2009
  • Headlight washers on vehicles first used from 1 September 2009 (if they have them)
  • Daytime running lights on vehicles first used from 1 March 2018 (most of these vehicles will have their first MOT in 2021 when they’re 3 years old)

Here are examples of what the MOT certificate will look like..... below

 

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