From 20th May 2018, the MOT test is changing and stricter rules will be coming into force. Faults will be split into three categories, Minor, Major and Dangerous.

Cars with minor defects will still be able to be driven legally on UK roads following the test, but the faults will be recorded on the car’s online MOT record and certificate. These are similar to the ‘advisories’ on the current MOT test.

If a car is found to have a major fault, however, this is significant enough for the car to fail its MOT. Major faults include signs of smoke coming from the exhaust and oil leaks.  You will still be able to drive your car with a major fault on public roads as long as a repair for the issue has been arranged.  Your car will then need to be retested following the repair.

Cars found to have dangerous defects, however, will not be permitted to leave the test centre until the fault has been repaired. Dangerous faults would be, for instance, signs of a steering wheel falling off.

Diesel cars will also have to meet strict new rules to pass their MOT. Any car fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) that emits “visible smoke of any colour” during metered tests will get a Major fault and automatically fail its MOT.

Cars aged 40 years or older will no longer be required to have an MOT test to legally drive on UK roads. This has changed, as previously, only cars registered prior to 1960 were exempt from a mandatory MOT test.

For full details of the upcoming MOT test changes, visit the government website.

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