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MOT rule changes: 20 May 2018

Newland Garage MOT Testing Station

Always wanting to keep our customers up to date, Newland Garage would like to make you aware that the MOT Test and procedures are changing.

Did you know that the MOT test will change significantly on Sunday 20 May 2018. New defect types will be introduced, in particular there will be stricter rules for diesel car emissions, and vehicles over 40 years old becoming exempt providing they haven't been substantially changed.

Defects will be categorised differently

Any defects found during the MOT Test will now be categorised as either:

  • dangerous - (FAIL)
  • major - (FAIL)
  • minor - (PASS)

The category depends on the problem and how serious it is. There will still be "Advisories" for items you need to keep an eye on.

What the new categories mean


A direct and immediate risk to road safety or has a serious impact on the environment - MOT Test FAIL


It may affect the vehicle’s safety, put other road users at risk or have an impact on the environment - MOT Test FAIL


No significant effect on the safety of the vehicle or impact on the environment - MOT Test PASS


It could become more serious in the future - MOT Test PASS

It meets the minimum legal standard - MOT Test PASS


As well as the new categories, some new items will be included in the MOT testing procedures.

They include checking:

  • to see if tyres are obviously under-inflated
  • to see if the brake fluid has been contaminated
  • for fluid leaks (an environmental risk)
  • for brake pad warning lights and if brake pads or discs are missing
  • reversing lights on vehicles
  • headlight washers (if they have them)
  • daytime running lights

Stricter rules for diesel car emissions

There will be stricter limits for emissions from diesel cars with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). You will fail the MOT Test if the MOT tester can see smoke of any colour coming from the exhaust or finds evidence that the DPF has been tampered with.

There are other smaller changes to how some items are checked. Contact the team at Newland Garage and we will be able to tell you all about these changes and how they will affect you.

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