MOT Test Changes Coming 20th May 2018

This month, some significant changes will come into effect in regards to MOT testing. Whilst it may not be on your radar to worry about your MOT, these changes will affect most vehicle types, including motorcycles and commercial vans.

You can find more detailed information on, however we’ve simplified these changes into a quick summary:


1. Defect Categories


Defects or issues with your vehicle will now be categorized as the following:

Dangerous (Fail) – A direct and immediate risk to road safety or has a serious impact on the environment.

What’s to do? – Do not drive the vehicle until it’s been repaired.

Major (Fail) – It may affect the vehicle’s safety, put other road users at risk or have an impact on the environment.

What to do? – Repair it immediately.

Minor (Pass) – No significant effect on the safety of the vehicle or impact on the environment.

What to do? – Repair as soon as possible.

2 x further categories of ‘Advisory’ and ‘Pass’ follow the above, in which case you will receive a pass and be asked to keep on eye on anything advised by your MOT tester.


2. New things included in the test


  • Checking if Tyres are clearly underinflated
  • Any contamination in Brake Fluid
  • Any 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)


3. Strict rules for Diesel Car owners

Most Diesel cars are fitted with a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter). This filter reduces the smoke and emissions from diesel engines. The new MOT test will check:

  • If any smoke is coming from your exhaust (Major Fail)
  • If the DPF has been tampered with in any way (Major Fail).

Unsure if your car is fitted with a DPF? Check your handbook.


4. A select number of vehicles over 40 years old will be exempt from MOT testing


Cars, Vans, Motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles won’t need to have an MOT if they are over 40 years old and have not been substantially changed or modified.

On the 20th of May 2018, vehicles won’t need an MOT from the 40th anniversary of when they were registered. Again, please refer to your handbook, paperwork or visit a vehicle history checking website for your registration date.

Remember! You can be fined up to £1000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT certificate. Check when you’re next MOT test is due to avoid fines!

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