Once a car hits its 3rd
birthday it needs an MOT test on an annual basis, by law. The MOT test makes sure your car meets standards set out by the DVSA (Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency) and if it doesn’t pass you won’t be able to drive it lawfully. If your car doesn’t have an up to date MOT certificate you could also be fined.
So what parts of your car are checked during an MOT?
– for excessive corrosion or damage
– for leaks and to make sure the fuel cap works
– to make sure all compulsory belts are in place and work properly, are secure, in good condition and the right type
Steering & suspension –
check they operate correctly along with the condition of components
Wipers & washers –
to make sure they work properly to give you a clear view
check for chips or cracks (maximum damage size is 10mm in your line of vision or 40mm in the rest of the area reached by the wipers)
headlamp aim is checked as well as making sure the lights are the right condition and colour and are secure and working correctly
Registration plate –
spacing and lettering needs to meet current registration and not be altered while letters and numbers need to be formatted properly and be legible
Wheels & tyres –
tyre size, type and tread depth are all checked, and wheels and tyres must be in the correct condition and secure
braking performance, operation, and condition all checked
– needs to be working correctly and effectively
s – exhaust needs to be secure, not too noisy, with no serious leaks and emissions should be within specified guidelines
should be in the correct condition and secure
– need to open and close correctly with a latch that is secure when closed. Front doors need to be able to be opened from inside the car and outside
front seats should be secure
Vehicle identification number –
checked for legibility
What’s changing with the MOT?
May 2018, three categories of failure will be introduced to the MOT:
will mean an automatic fail and that your car can’t be driven until it’s repaired.
will also mean a failure, but your car can be driven to a place of repair or retest when the repair is complete.
are much like the current advisories and can be offered along with a pass.
will also form part of the new test. If your car’s steering box is leaking oil it will get a Minor fault but if the leak is such that it is dripping this will be a Major defect and your car will fail the MOT. If your car’s steering wheel is so loose it could become detached, this will be a Dangerous fault, and again a fail.
If your car has a DPF
(diesel particulate filter) that emits ‘visible smoke of any colour’, it will fail the MOT with a Major fault. MOT testers will also check if DPFs have been tampered with or removed and will refuse to test a car where the ‘DPF canister has been cut open and re-welded’ unless it can be proven it was for legitimate reasons.
A check for reverse lights
is being added to the test, along with one for front fog lamps, daytime running lamps, noise suppression systems
and anti-theft devices
will be inspected to see if they are ‘significantly or obviously worn’.
Some classic cars
(over 40 years old at the time of testing) could be exempt.
Changes to the MOT test have been introduced to meet a new EU directive, dubbed the European Union Roadworthiness Package and the DVSA hope the changes will ‘help motorists do the right thing.’
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