Way back in the mid-20th Century there was a politician named Ernest Marples. As the Minister of Transport he made himself unpopular with motorists of the time because it was he who introduced the UK MOT test in 1960. He was also responsible for ‘yellow lines’, parking meters and traffic wardens, so he wasn’t much loved then and is probably not fondly remembered by car owners now. This is because earlier this year the already stringent MOT test procedure was made harder still and many drivers have fallen foul of the new rules and new ways of interpreting them; dangerous, major and minor. Even a minor fault these days can catch out the unwary.
Caught Out On Emissions
Emissions are the major culprit. Smoke of any kind or a dodgy diesel particulate filter and it’s going to be bad news. The number of first-time failures has risen exponentially and that’s for petrol as well as diesel motors. The Nation’s health is at issue here so until someone invents a truly emission free car from conception (the production of electric car batteries is complicit here) to being on the road then the tests are likely to get tougher.
Other Ways To Get Caught Out
Simple things, for example, if tyres are obviously underinflated, will raise a tester’s eyebrow. The old joke about the ‘check engine’ light isn’t funny any more. If a dashboard warning light is on make sure the fault gets attention before you head off to the test centre. In short, if in doubt ask your local MOT tester what is involved and take action appropriately.
The Rise Of The Dodgy Motor
It is an unfortunate fact that the rise in costs of motoring generally has resulted in some drivers not obeying the rules. Ask anyone who has been involved in an accident with an uninsured driver. Thus, recent years have seen a big rise in the number of vehicles without an MOT. Sometimes this can be because the car owner simply forgot; that is one of the downsides of not having tax discs any more, but mostly it is unscrupulous motorists trying to save on expenses. It is these people who care nothing for others on the road and will cheerfully drive around in dangerous cars without any thought of the possible repercussions.
It is this sort of information that suggests that maybe, all those years ago, Mr Marples might have been onto something after all.
Of course, there is a solution that in part will mitigate the tribulations of this MOT business. Buying a used car
does not mean having to buy into the MOT
system straight away. Cars have to be three years old before that happens. Also buying from a reputable source like eCars247 means that you can relax in the knowledge that the car will have received an AA inspection and HPI check
so will be fully roadworthy and within emission tolerances. That should make life easier when the MOT does come around.