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Old 22-01-2018, 06:30 AM
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Major changes to the MOT test on 20th of May 2018

Some of you may have already heard that there are big changes coming to the MOT test this May. Here are just a few of the biggest changes that are most likely to affect you. Please take these with a pinch of salt as nothing will be finalised until the end of April and will probably still be subject to change after that date. Remember it will take your MOT tester time to get up to speed with these too!

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Advisories are being replaced with minor fails. These are all pre written & approved by DVSA. You will still get a pass but they will be noted on your test certificate. Manual advisories are still being worked out but may disappear completely.

Those of you who have changed your standard headlight bulbs for HID's will now get a major fail even if the aim is correct. It has always been an offence to fit HID bulbs to halogen headlamps so the MOT is now in line with that.

Reverse lights are now part of the MOT for any car registered from 1st September 2009 (59 plate onwards). Daytime running lamps (DRL's) & front fog lamps must work on vehicles registered from March 2018 (18 plate onwards).

Engine Management Light is now a major fail. It must come on with the ignition and then turn off when the engine is started.

Brake pad warning lights are a major fail

Handbrake with excessive travel is now a major fail. Before it would only a fail if there was no reserve travel.

Contaminated (dirty) brake fluid is a major fail. Not sure how that will work as the MOT tester isn't allowed to remove the fluid cap.

Oil leaks (engine, gearbox etc.) can be a major failure if they are deemed large enough.

It seems they have removed the failure for tyres not being fitted according to sidewall instructions. Inner/outer or rotation incorrect.

Any modifications/removal to emissions related devices, this includes DPF'S and EGR's is now a major fail.

Where a DPF canister has clearly been cut open and re-welded, it will now fail.

A vehicle fitted with a DPF that emits any kind of visible smoke during the metered test will now fail

Emissions limits for diesels registered on or after 1st of January 2014 have been reduced. All diesels will now need to pass the limit that was set by the manufacturer when the car was new. This can be found on the VIN plate. For example the current limit for your diesel car may be 1.50. That could change to as low as 0.30 with the new rules.

These are just some of the bigger changes to the MOT test the average motorist is likely to be affected by. There are dozens, perhaps even over 100 changes to the actual MOT test and to the way testers record tests on the MOT computer. Please remember these are all subject to change in the coming months and remember spare a thought for your MOT tester before you say...

"Well it passed like that last year!"

Source - https://www.gov.uk/…/mot-special-not...inspection-ma…
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Old 22-01-2018, 07:51 AM
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Seeing this on a lot of forums, not sure just how serious this is, or even how it's going to be implemented effectively, as it will take a lot of refresher courses for the MOT bods before then, and I would suspect there are going to be an awful lot of vehicles off the road, or in for repairs.
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Old 22-01-2018, 05:34 PM
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I should imagine the emissions meeting the 'as new' standard would be pretty hard to match as almost any wear to rings and guides will allow a small amount of extra oil (hydrocarbons) into the combustion chamber plus slightly altered performance from injectors, filter etc will also change the output values. I should think, especially in light of the VW fiddle, it would be possible to fail a brand new car.........
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Old 22-01-2018, 06:01 PM
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Its just another we will get rid of all diesels come hell or high water and if you dont like it TOUGH!!!
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I've got bright white xenon bulbs on the car and bike headlights. But they aren't HID.
Same wattage but brighter white light.
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There's going to be a few taxi drivers and taxi firms getting worried
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I'd best refit the EGR pipes on my car... Luckily they can't remove any panels so they can stay blanked.
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There's going to be a few taxi drivers and taxi firms getting worried
Nah, lets just say that the taxi MOT testers keep it in the family
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After the budget, I was seriously thinking of getting rid of my X5, the taxation was the thin end of the wedge and this is the bit that starts to get thicker.

Looks a like a lexus hybrid might be on the cards
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After the budget, I was seriously thinking of getting rid of my X5, the taxation was the thin end of the wedge and this is the bit that starts to get thicker.

Looks a like a lexus hybrid might be on the cards
Many taxis round Northampton are now Lexus' especially Eco Cars......
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Nah, lets just say that the taxi MOT testers keep it in the family
Yeah, I know how it works.
The police usually do a stop check for Taxi's at this time of year and pull up to 50% off the road with defects or just plain dangerous.

An example is last year when I needed to get over to Warwick quickly because my car was off the road so I booked a decent taxi firm. The car was a very nice silver Mercedes saloon and very high spec too, but it was apparent as I sat in the front that the brakes were absolutely rubbish. He had to drive in such a way as to not use the brakes as much as possible.
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Many taxis round Northampton are now Lexus' especially Eco Cars......
Same round Manchester regarding hybrids but they are using Prius's ffs
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Are there anymore details about the new car and bike MOT coming in April ?
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Not heard anymore, guess it just a case of waiting until they get it all finalised........and then panic.
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Not heard anymore, guess it just a case of waiting until they get it all finalised........and then panic.

Thankfully my car is being repaired on Tuesday for MOT retest on the same day.
I would like to get the bike MOT'd before the changes
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Old 04-02-2018, 12:44 PM
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My MOT is due in early March so I should be OK, and the bike no longer needs one.
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If they MOT'd me there wouldn't be enough additional pages for the advisories
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