Here at Billcar, we provide MOT services in Shrewsbury for vehicles between class 4 and 7. But did you know that earlier this year there were changes to the MOT test? Back in May 2018, there were many changes. Today we will cover some of the major changes that are now in place when you get your MOT today.
When your vehicle comes in for an MOT, we will categorise any defects found as minor, major, or dangerous. It is paramount that all these defects are recorded. If your vehicle is found to have any major defects or dangerous defects then this will result in it failing the MOT test. A dangerous defect means that it has a direct and immediate risk to road safety or environmental impact and you are unable to drive the vehicle until it is repaired. A major defect would also require an immediate repair as it may affect your vehicle’s safety, putting others on the road at risk, and also could have an impact on the environment. Whilst minor defects mean you would still pass the MOT test, you should see to any necessary repairs as soon as possible despite there not being a significant effect on the safety of the vehicle or environment. You may also receive defects that are marked as advisory, which require monitoring in case future repairs are required. A pass is considered the minimum legal standard, and the only way you can make sure it continues to meet this standard is to keep getting your MOT test when required by law.
The New Inspection Manual
Other than the layout changing from landscape to portrait, there are many changes, with an increase in different sections. There are a whole range of additional test items that have been introduced to this new manual, including brake fluid contamination, front fog lamps, noise suppression material, and more. There have also been some changes with what is considered a major defect, with some now moving to the minor category.
Diesel Vehicle Emission Limits
Likely due to growing concerns on the environment, global warming, and reducing our carbon footprint, there are now harsher limits for emissions for those with a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter). This information will depend on the year when your vehicle was first used, whether it is turbo or non-turbo, and the plate value.
There are many more changes that were made to MOT tests, including vehicle categories, and how these relate to their class and definition. For further information on this topic, visit the government website for full details.
If you would like to make an enquiry about out MOT tests or any other services, simply complete our contact form, or get in touch via email at email@example.com. You can also call us on either our landline on 01743291740 or our mobile on 07971063469 to speak to a member of the team directly. We will be pleased to help you with your questions.