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MOT test changes 20 May 2018 – Will your car pass MOT?

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May 2018 sees the biggest shakeup to MOT testing rules since the test’s inception in 1960. Back then, cars didn’t need testing until they were 10 years old! As strange as that may seem, the government is introducing new rules for classic cars over 40 years old which would mean no MOT test necessary to drive on the public highway. On top of that, the date of a new cars first MOT will be increasing to 4 years since purchase and diesel vehicle owners can expect stringent new safety rules concerning emissions and particulates.

Let’s dig a little deeper into the details to see if your car will pass its MOT in 2018, or indeed if it will need one at all!

Cars over 40 years old won’t need an MOT

From May 2018, the government is proposing that cars over 40 years old (first registered in 1978), will not require a current or renewed MOT certificate. Currently, all cars registered after 1960 must secure an annual MOT test certificate in order to drive on the public highway.

Another surprise is that the age of eligible cars will continue on a rolling basis so that in 2019, cars registered in 1979 and are therefore 40 years old will no longer require a valid MOT certificate.

Will this make the roads a more dangerous place?

Currently, there are 197,000 vehicles on British roads that don’t require valid MOT certificates. By implementing the above plans, this number increases by a further 293,000 – totaling 490,000 cars. That means 1% of all cars in Britain are driving around without an MOT.

New cars still have to wait 3 years for their first MOT

The government was considering changing the age at which new cars are put through their first MOT changing it from 3 to 4 years. However a majority of road safety campaigners were against this move because statics showed it would have increased the number of unroadworthy vehicles by 385,000 vehicles and after further consideration it was decided to keep the 3 years period.

According to the government’s own statistics, 1 in 6 cars fail their first MOT at 3 years since their manufacture. Most fail due to the lack of maintenance by the owners or a failure to have the car taken for a check up and service. Common failures include brakes, lights and tyres, all of which are avoidable issues.

Clamp down on dirty diesels

Nobody puts diesels in a corner. Unless you’re the UK government. Diesel engined vehicles are to be phased out as part of long-term ecological goals that are determined by the G8 summits.

However, the tapering off is just that, a gradual tapering off starting with higher taxes, harder emissions regulations and a slow decrease in the number of diesel vehicles manufactured and sold worldwide. This directive has reared its head in the latest MOT changes, where required emissions from diesels will be lower than ever. If your diesel vehicle emits any kind of coloured smoke during running, that’s an immediate MOT failure, too.

Here at Tyres Northampton, we provide and install a huge spectrum of branded tyres for cars, vans and motorcycles alike. Our professionals deliver an efficient and thorough service, and are able to deliver many types of vehicle servicing, including MOTs and exhaust and brakes servicing. To arrange a visit, or to simply find out more about us, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our friendly team.


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