Changes to the MOT Test were enforced on 20th May 2018 & affect cars, vans, other light passenger vehicles & motorbikes, across England, Scotland & Wales.

The main changes to the MOT test are:

1) Defects are being categorised differently. Minor faults will still be noted & advisories will still be given.

  • Defects will be categorised as:
  • Dangerous
  • Major
  • Minor

2) Some vehicles over the age of 40 will not require an MOT.

Previously only vehicles built before 1960 were exempt from the MOT test. Under the new rules vehicles will not need an MOT from the 40th anniversary of when they were registered or manufactured.

If you are unsure of the dates of your vehicle you can check them on the website.


3) The design of the MOT Certificate has changed.

The new design now lists any defects under the new categories, making it clear & easier to understand.


4) New items to be checked during the MOT include:

  • Checking for fluid leaks that may pose an environmental risk
  • The checking of daytime running lights on vehicles first used from 1 March 2018
  • Reversing lights will be checked on vehicles first used from 1 September 2009
  • Checks will be made to see whether the brake fluid has been contaminated.
  • Tyres will be checked for any which are obviously underinflated
  • Checks will be made to ensure brake pads & discs are not missing
  • Brake pad warning lights will be checked.
  • Headlight washers on vehicles first used from 1 September 2009 will be checked if the vehicle has them.


5) Stricter rules for diesel car emissions

There are stricter limits for emissions from diesel cars with a diesel particulate filter (DPF).

If you are unsure if your vehicle has a DPF check the handbook.

A major fault will be applied if smoke of any colour can be seen coming from the exhaust.

A major fault will also be applied if the MOT tester finds evidence that the DPF has been tampered with.


There are a few smaller changes to how some items are checked.

If you are unsure check with the MOT centre, they will be able to guide you.
















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