Ministry of Transport test, commonly known as an MOT is a highly crucial annual vehicle test that examines the safety and roadworthiness aspects of a car that’s more than three years old. Introduced way back in 1960, the MOT test was designed to enhance the safety of car owners as well as to safeguard the environment from vehicle pollution. Until now this test was mandatory for all the cars which have been in use for more than three years, however, the new rules which will be implemented from May 20, 2018, are challenging some of the old rules like anything.
According to new MOT test rules, vehicles that are more than 40-years old will need no MOT certificate. The government authorities in question have taken this step because they believe that old cars have a lot of historic importance so they are always well-maintained by the owners. They also believe that these cars are used very rarely so they are damaged less compared to new ones, which are used regularly by owners.It means if you own a 40-year-old car you can continue to drive it on the UK roads without an MOT certificate.
According to experts, currently, there are more than 197,000 cars that can be driven legally on the UK road without an MOT certificate and the new MOT test rules will further add 293,000 vehicles on this list. This figure is approximately 1% of the total cars that are driven on roads until now. Yes, 490,000 vehicles that are currently in use will be exempted from the MOT test with the implementation of new rules. However, as an owner of an old car, you should take the responsibility of maintaining your vehicle on your own. Just because your vehicle is exempted from the MOT test it doesn’t mean you are free to use it on the UK roads even in bad working condition. Maintain your vehicle properly so that you can always enjoy a safe drive.
The new MOT test rules are raising concerns among the owners of diesel cars because they will now be examined more strictly. High-polluting diesel cars will face stricter vehicle safety inspection and emission tests. Therefore, it’s important for the owners of such cars to carry out regular maintenance activities for them. If MOT examiners find that your car is unfit and it’s violating the rules then it won’t be able to pass the test.
According to new MOT test rules, the faults will now be categorised into three different categories which include:
If MOT examiners find only minor faults with your vehicle they will freely allow you to drive it again without carrying out the maintenance activities immediately. Though you can drive your vehicle legally, all the faults that are detected during the test will be recorded in your vehicle’s online MOT record and certificate.
Major faults are treated a little seriously. Vehicles that are detected with major faults won’t be able to pass the test, so owners will have to bring their vehicles back to the MOT test centre for a re-test after fixing the necessary problems with them. Problems like smoke getting released from the exhaust and oil leaks are considered major issues. So, you have to perform a re-test for your vehicle after fixing such issues.
However, cars which are detected with dangerous issues won’t be allowed by the examiners to leave the test centre without repairing the faults. So, if your car fails the test then you have to get ready to be without it at least for a day. A car will fail the test if dangerous issues are detected with the steering wheel or if its reversing lights are unable to perform effectively.
So, if you are planning to take your vehicle for an MOT test make sure that you fix all sorts of major issues with it. One of the best ways to do that is to have it checked at a reliable car service station. In addition to that, if you own a diesel vehicle keep on carrying out maintenance activities for it at regular intervals.