3rd August 2019
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- The defects found during an MOT changed last year and are now:
- Dangerous- this is an immediate fail as there is a serious immediate safety risk or an immediate risk to the environment. You will not be able to drive a vehicle that receives a dangerous rating until the car has been fixed.
- Major- this would be a fail and require immediate repair. This type of defect may be a safety risk or an environmental risk.
- Minor- there is no immediate risk with a minor fault, and the vehicle will still pass, however, the defect will need to be repaired as soon as possible.
- This could become more problematic in the future and should be monitored with a view to reviewing. A vehicle would pass the MOT even if it had several advisories.
- This meets the required legal standards, and nothing further is required.
2. Rules for diesel car emissions
The Rules for diesel vehicles have become a lot stricter in recent years:
- If smoke is coming from the exhaust this would be a major fault.
- The diesel particulate filter captures soot to reduce emissions and if there is any evidence that this has been tampered with, the vehicle would receive a major fault.
- These items are checked as part of an MOT also:
- Tyres being underinflated.
- Brake fluid contamination
- Environment risks from fluid leaks
- Brake pad warning lights
- Headlight washers if the vehicle is fitted with them.
- Vehicles over 40 years old may not need an MOT.
- If your vehicle is over 40 years old and has not been significantly changed, you may not need an MOT..
If you want more help and advice on MOT's for cars, bikes, vans, commercial vehicles, motorhomes, caravans, minibuses and much more please get in touch.
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