Changes to the MOT test - May 2018
From 20th May 2018 the MOT changed, with new defect categories, stricter rules for diesel car emissions and some vehicles over 40 years old becoming exempt. The changes affect cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles.
The changes were introduced as part of EU Directive 2014/45, which came into effect on 20 May 2018.
The UK voted to leave the EU in the 23 June 2016 EU referendum. The government is now preparing to leave the EU in the best possible way for the UK’s national interest.
However, the UK was still an EU member on 20 May 2018 when the directive came into force. The UK government could have faced ongoing substantial fines if it didn’t introduce the changes.
There’s also a risk that vehicles without a compliant EU MOT would not be allowed into other EU countries.
The new MOT defect categories are:
Your vehicle will fail if it has any DANGEROUS or MAJOR defects.
The design of the MOT certificate has also changed.
It lists any defects under the new categories, so they’re clear and easy for drivers to understand.
Vehicle categories now align to the European type-approval categories, and these appear on the MOT certificate.
There are now stricter limits for emissions from diesel cars with a diesel particulate filter (DPF).
-You can check your cars handbook if you don't know if your car has a DPF-
Your vehicle will FAIL on a MAJOR fault if the MOT tester:
Cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles don’t need to have an MOT if they’re over 40 years old and have not been substantially changed in the previous 30 years.
Previously, only vehicles first built before 1960 were exempt from needing an MOT.
Since the rules changed on 20 May 2018, vehicles meeting the criteria no longer need an MOT from the 40th anniversary of when they were registered.
If a car was first registered on 31 May 1978, it won’t need an MOT from 31 May 2018.
Drivers don’t have to apply to stop getting an MOT for their vehicle.
However, each time they tax their historic vehicle (even if they don’t pay a fee), drivers will have to declare it meets the rules for not needing an MOT.