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Fleets reminded of MOT rule changes to take effect from May

26 March 2018

Story from Fleet News.

The MOT test will change on May 20th in England, Scotland and Wales, with new defect types, stricter rules for diesel car emissions, and some vehicles over 40 years old becoming exempt.

The changes will affect cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles. There are five main changes in the rules.

1. Defects will be categorised differently

Defects found during the MOT will be categorised as either: dangerous, major or minor. The category the MOT tester gives each item will depend on the type of problem and how serious it is. MOT testers will still give advice about items you need to monitor. These are known as ‘advisories’.

2. Stricter rules for diesel car emissions

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

3. Some new things will be included in the MOT

4. The MOT certificate will change

The design of the MOT certificate will change. It will list any defects under the new categories. The service to check the MOT history of a vehicle will be updated to reflect the changes.

5. Some vehicles over 40 years old won’t need an MOT

Cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles won’t need to have an MOT if they are more than 40 years old and have not been substantially changed.

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