Tough MOT changes for diesel drivers coming soon. Find out how your car could be hit by new rules

Big changes are coming to the MOT test in May, with new defect categories and tough new emissions rules for diesel car drivers. Here’s what you need to know.

Tough new rules for diesel cars could see the number of ‘fails’ increase

Read on for our guide to what’s heading to a testing station near you in 2018.

What’s not changing?

The first place to start is looking at a major proposal that won’t be taking place anytime soon.

In its original consultation document, the Government had proposed moving a car’s first MOT date to its fourth anniversary.

This has now been ruled out on safety grounds – meaning it will remain at three years for the first MOT.

What is changing?

One big change will cover the way in which defects are categorised. From May, faults and defects will be classified as ‘Dangerous’, Major, and ‘Minor’.

How will the Dangerous’, Major, and ‘Minor’ categories work?

Anything labelled as ‘Dangerous’ or ‘Major’ will lead to an automatic failure, but ‘Minor’ will still enable a car to pass the test. A note of a ‘Minor’ fault will be made on the certificate and digital record.

Diesel testing is about to get really strict

Things are about to get a lot tougher for owners of ‘oil burners’. New emissions tests will lower the limits for diesel cars, according to a Government blog on the subject.

The draft MOT inspection manual for the new tests says if the “exhaust on a vehicle fitted with a diesel particulate filter emits visible smoke of any colour” the car should be given a ‘Major’ fault and fail its MOT.


Other changes…

These will include the addition of a check for reverse lights, along with brake discs inspected to reveal if they’re “significantly or obviously worn”.

When do the changes start?

The new MOT test will start in May 2018.

Check your car’s MOT history now

Have you still got an MOT or are you about to take your motor in to undergo the test? You can check its fault history on the Government’s MOT history website.

This will tell you when the current certificate expires and what was on the way out at the previous test. You can use this information to help prepare your car for its upcoming roadworthiness examination.

Check your car’s MOT status and history here.

Get a reminder when your MOT is about to expire

Forgetting your MOT renewal date is easy to do and can leave you with a fine of up to £1,000. You won’t get a letter through the post to remind you, either.

However, you can now set up a reminder of the anniversary using a free Government website. Simply click here to sign-up and ensure you never risk driving without an MOT again.


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