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The MOT test is changing this week and it could be harder to pass

PUBLISHED: 09:39 20 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:39 20 May 2018

A new MOT test is coming into force this month. Picture Thinkstock.

A new MOT test is coming into force this month. Picture Thinkstock.

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This week the MOT test is changing and under stricter rules, it may make the test harder to pass for certain vehicles.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has introduced new defect categories of ‘dangerous’, ‘major’ and ‘minor’ and stricter rules for diesel cars. If faults are identified as ‘dangerous’, motorists won’t be able to drive their vehicle away from the testing station and there are fears this could lead to motorists being ripped off as it may be more difficult to go elsewhere.

There will also be stricter limits for some diesel vehicles when the new test is introduced on Sunday May 20.

If a vehicle has a diesel particulate filter (DPF), which captures and stores exhaust soot to reduce emissions from diesel cars, the vehicle could get a major fault if the MOT tester can see smoke of any colour coming from the exhaust or finds evidence that the DPF has been tampered with.

Amanda Stretton, Confused.com’s motoring editor, said it will be important for motorists to shop around for the best deal when the test is introduced.

“We urge drivers to do some research online to investigate the kind of prices they can expect to pay for specific types of repair work,” she said. “They should consider comparing prices from several garages to ensure they are getting the best value for money.”

The MOT certificate will also look different and some vehicles more than 40 years old won’t need an MOT at all.

And some new checks will be tested during the MOT including if tyres are obviously underinflated, if the brake fluid has been contaminated and if brake pads or discs are missing.


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