MOT rule changes from 20th May 2018
The MOT test will change on 20th May 2018, with new defect categories, stricter rules for diesel car emissions, and some vehicles over 40 years old becoming exempt.
There are 5 main changes are:
1. Defects will be categorised differently
Defects found during the MOT will be categorised as either:
The category the MOT tester gives each item will depend on the type of problem and how serious it is.
MOT testers will still give advice about items you need to monitor. These are known as ‘advisories’.
2. Stricter rules for diesel car emissions with a diesel particulate filter.
3. Some new items will be tested during the MOT:
If tyres are obviously underinflated
if the brake fluid has been contaminated
for 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)
4. The MOT certificate will change
5. Some vehicles over 40 years old won’t need an MOT
More information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mot-changes-20-may-2018