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New MOT Rules for 2020

New year, new rules! In 2020, new MOT regulations will come into effect, and it’s important that drivers are aware of what they need to do and how the rule changes will affect them. In this article, Tyres Northampton are going to run through the new rules and explain what they mean for you.

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New MOT Rules

The MOT is being updated for 2020, with new categories and checks in place that motorists must be aware of.

The categories are:

  • Dangerous – a direct risk to road safety or the environment. These faults result in a fail.
  • Major – Could affect road safety or the environment; results in a fail.
  • Minor – No adverse effects on safety, but repairs advised.
  • Advisory – Potential for adverse effects in the future.
  • Pass – Meets all relevant legal standards.

The new MOT checks for 2020 are:

  • Under-inflated tyres
  • Brake pad warning lights
  • Missing brake pads/discs
  • Reversing lights for vehicles newer than Sept 2009
  • Daytime running lights for vehicles newer than March 2018
  • Contaminated brake fluid

As well as the new MOT categories and checks, there are some new rules for drivers, too. Here are just a couple.

Ultra-Low Emission Zones:

Central London already has its own ULEZ, and in 2021, inner London will be placed under the same rules, too. In 2020, though, these zones will be introduced in cities around the country, including:

  • Birmingham*
  • Bristol
  • Cambridge
  • Cardiff
  • Derby
  • Edinburgh
  • Leeds (delayed)
  • Newcastle

Under these rules, if a vehicle does not meet the ULEZ emission standards then the driver will have to pay a fee to drive within the Ultra Low Emission Zone.

* Delayed until July

International Permits:

Although trade talks are mooted, as it stands we do not have a trade deal with the EU. There’s been a lot of talk about what this means for our passports, but no-deal Brexit also has ramifications for our ability to drive overseas. If we don’t strike a deal with the EU, UK citizens who are visiting Europe on holiday or for a short period of time will need an international driving permit to operate a vehicle. These are available from the Post Office.

Drivers will also need to carry their motor insurance green card if they are driving their own car in the EU or EEA (European Economic Area); these cards are available from your insurance provider, so contact them a month before your trip.

Car Tax:

Owners of high emission cars will see their car tax rise by up to £15 in 2020. For owners of diesel cars that do not meet the RDE2 emissions standard, the higher car tax will continue. Where new cars are concerned, buyers may have to pay an extra £65 on their new vehicle’s tax.

 Tyres Northampton are trusted, qualified providers of MOTs at our test centre in Northampton. Our tests are thorough, effective and up to date with the latest rule changes and additions, so you can have complete faith in us. For more information, please get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to help.


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