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The new MOT regulations are now in effect – get up to speed now

Mechanic giving a car an MOT inspection

Have you made any new year resolutions? Many of us have, but despite our best intentions, most of us will fail to completely act on them. In the case of resolving to ensure your motor vehicle is in tip top condition, this year it’s essential to stick to your guns. Why? Because 2019 sees the enactment of changes to the MOT, first introduced in May 2018.

Unaware that changes have taken place? You’re at risk of failing your MOT if you don’t get up to speed pronto. With this in mind, the tyre professionals at Asda Tyres have put together this short overview of what you need to know, with special consideration towards tyres.

There are five key changes taking affect this year, some more important than others, but all essential to know about.

Vehicle defect categories have been updated

There are now three levels of defect: Dangerous, Major or Minor. Any defects attributed as Minor will pass, but those attributed as either Dangerous or Major will be an automatic fail – and that means your vehicle will be unroadworthy in the eyes of the law. For a breakdown of which defects fall into which category, take a look at MOT manuals and special notices.

There are much tougher emission standards for diesel vehicles

Cars, SUVs, 4x4s and vans that have a diesel particulate filter (DPF) fitted will be assessed for any “visible smoke of any colour” during their MOT. Vehicles with offending emissions will be classed as having a major fault and incur an automatic MOT fail. At the same time, if the inspection discovers signs of DPF tampering, it’s grounds for failure too.

The appearance of the MOT certificate has changed

2019 sees a change in design of the MOT certificate, and its content. The new version lists all defects, as described under the new categories. This is intended to make the inspection results clearer and easier to understand.

If your vehicle is 40 years old, it may no longer require an MOT

Vehicles manufactured before 1960 are already exempt from the MOT, but now all those that have been registered for forty years or longer will – in the main – also be exempt. However, there are exceptions. These relate to vehicles that have been ‘substantially changed’ within the last thirty years. Full government guidance on this matter can be viewed here.

Some additional checks have been introduced to the MOT

On top of all existing MOT inspection requirements, additional testing will take place for:

– Brake fluid – to ensure it has not been contaminated
– Checking that no fluid has leaked (posing a risk to the environment)
– Reversing lights on all vehicles are fully functional
– Brake pad warning lights work, and if any brake pads or discs are missing
– Headlight washers are working (on vehicles which first came into use from 1st September 2009 – in the case that they are fitted)
– Daytime running lights are operating correctly (on vehicles which first came into use from 1st March 2018)
– Tyres must not be obviously underinflated

This final addition to the testing process can be easily negated through regularly inspecting your tyres. It would be disappointing to have your vehicle failed because of underinflated tyres, or any other tyre-related issue, but you’d be surprised just how many vehicles do. Incredibly, 10% of all MOT fails are due to defective tyres.

Don’t be caught out by defective tyres at your MOT

There are a variety of reasons why tyres are often failed during the MOT. Asda Tyres’ expert team have written about these causes previously, and you can catch up on the reasons here:

Tread depth
Pressures and inflation
Tyre damage overview
The dangers of fitting part worns

New premium tyres keep you safer, and help pass the MOT

Premium tyres, like those made by award-winning Continental, not only keep you safer on the road, they also contribute to passing an MOT. As previously outlined, there are many ways that defective tyres can fail an MOT, but if you fit Continental tyres, you can dramatically minimise the chances of this happening.

You can find out more about the changes in detail – and what the testers are looking out for – at MOT on GOV.UK.

  • The new MOT regulations are now in effect – get up to speed now
  • The new MOT regulations are now in effect – get up to speed now

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