WILL YOU PASS THE TEST?
A vehicle’s MOT (Ministry of Transport) test is the driving force in reinforcing and maintaining all-round safety on our roads, and is set to see some modifications this coming May.
The first MOT test was introduced in 1960, and was mandatory for cars to have their first check after 10 years of being on the road. However, from 1967 to current, all vehicles older than 3 years must have an MOT test to remain legally roadworthy.
Recently, Government ministers have made a U-turn on their motion to increase the initial annual test for new cars from 3 years to 4 years. A proportion of the public were asked by the Department of Transport if they would be comfortable with the change. 1251 out of the 1970 surveyed were strongly against the proposal emphasising potential safety concerns.
In response to the maintaining of the 3-year first test, RAC Chief Engineer, David Bizley, said:
‘We believe that the government’s decision to stick with the first MOT being at 3 years is the correct decision, and one which will be welcomed by the majority of drivers and road safety campaigners.’
Even though the following list changes are advisory until the end of April 2018, we can assume that they will be enforced:
• Advisory notes that indicate which parts will eventually need replacing on your vehicle will be replaced with minor fails
• Contaminated brake fluid through moisture is a major fail
• The illumination of the Brake Pad Warning Light is a major fail
• Oil leaks from the engine or gearbox that are considered large enough will incur a major fail
• If you have changed your standard headlight bulbs for HIDs (High Intensity Discharge), you will be slapped with a major fail even if the aim is correct.
• If the Engine Management Light fails to turn off when the engine is started that is a major fail
• Any adaptations or removal to emissions-related devices (including PPFs (Paint Protection Film), and EGRs (Exhaust Gas Recirculation)), will result in a major fail. PPF is a film which serves as a barrier to prevent the vehicle receiving stone chips or small scratches. EGR is a technique used to control pollutants (Nitrogen Oxide, NOx), from the vehicle’s exhaust.
• For cars with a 59’ registration plate (registered from 01/09/2009), the reverse headlights will be tested. DRL (Daytime Running Lights), will also be scrutinised for is an 18’ registration plate car (from 03/2018).
However, it is not all doom and gloom. Classic car enthusiasts will be pleased to know that any four-wheeled treasure that is older than 40 years (first registered in 1978), will no longer require an MOT certificate. This policy will have a roll-over nature, so in the coming year, cars registered in 1979 will also no longer need a certificate and so on. This goes by the theory that classic cars are very much cared for by their owners, and do not clock up as many miles as their modern siblings.
3% of all accidents are caused by vehicle faults, so make sure your vehicle receives its compulsory annual MOT test, as driving on the road without a valid certificate could land you with a fine.
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