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Major changes to the MOT test on 20th of May 2018

Some of you may have already heard that there are big changes coming to the MOT test this May. Here are just a few of the biggest changes that are most likely to affect you. Please take these with a pinch of salt as nothing will be finalised until the end of April and will probably still be subject to change after that date. Remember it will take your MOT tester time to get up to speed with these too!

So...

Advisories are being replaced with minor fails. These are all pre written & approved by DVSA. You will still get a pass but they will be noted on your test certificate. Manual advisories are still being worked out but may disappear completely.

Those of you who have changed your standard headlight bulbs for HID's will now get a major fail even if the aim is correct. It has always been an offence to fit HID bulbs to halogen headlamps so the MOT is now in line with that.

Reverse lights are now part of the MOT for any car registered from 1st September 2009 (59 plate onwards). Daytime running lamps (DRL's) & front fog lamps must work on vehicles registered from March 2018 (18 plate onwards).

Engine Management Light is now a major fail. It must come on with the ignition and then turn off when the engine is started.

Brake pad warning lights are a major fail

Handbrake with excessive travel is now a major fail. Before it would only a fail if there was no reserve travel.

Contaminated (dirty) brake fluid is a major fail. Not sure how that will work as the MOT tester isn't allowed to remove the fluid cap.

Oil leaks (engine, gearbox etc.) can be a major failure if they are deemed large enough.

It seems they have removed the failure for tyres not being fitted according to sidewall instructions. Inner/outer or rotation incorrect.

Any modifications/removal to emissions related devices, this includes DPF'S and EGR's is now a major fail.

Where a DPF canister has clearly been cut open and re-welded, it will now fail.

A vehicle fitted with a DPF that emits any kind of visible smoke during the metered test will now fail

Emissions limits for diesels registered on or after 1st of January 2014 have been reduced. All diesels will now need to pass the limit that was set by the manufacturer when the car was new. This can be found on the VIN plate. For example the current limit for your diesel car may be 1.50. That could change to as low as 0.30 with the new rules.

These are just some of the bigger changes to the MOT test the average motorist is likely to be affected by. There are dozens, perhaps even over 100 changes to the actual MOT test and to the way testers record tests on the MOT computer. Please remember these are all subject to change in the coming months and remember spare a thought for your MOT tester before you say...

"Well it past like that last year!"

Source - https://www.gov.uk/…/mot-special-notice-01-18-inspection-ma…

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14 minutes ago, bmwmike said:

Thanks for this.

 

Phew.. glad they are focusing on HID and not any other kind of light emitting device.

 

Glad they are tightening up on diseasils and DPF fiddling.

 

Yup, the amount of uber bright knobhead lights I see is astounding, I doubt this will make any difference as I also see a lot of taxis with them and I was under the impression they were tested more frequently.

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10 hours ago, Raymond said:

Another step forward to pushing people into buying new cars 

No doubt. Its all going that way, just keep pushing the average motorist with more charges, taxes and costly repairs for emissions fails like listed above until its unviable for the majority of people to run an older car and subsequently probably won't be able to afford a newer one. :angry:

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14 minutes ago, Modge said:

No doubt. Its all going that way, just keep pushing the average motorist with more charges, taxes and costly repairs for emissions fails like listed above until its unviable for the majority of people to run an older car and subsequently probably won't be able to afford a newer one. :angry:

 

How so?  The changes seem pointed at emissions modifications rather than penalising older cars?

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How many cars are on the road without MOT's, tax or insurance? Only the law abiding motorist gets hit with these changes.

 

Thank goodness here in France things are more sensible. First Controle Technique is at four years and then only every two years.

 

The MOT system in the UK is a huge rip off with tyre and exhaust centres allowed to test cars. In France all test centres are only that. When I lived in the UK I went to the local bus company for my MOT's after my car failed at a tyre and exhaust place, then an hour later passed at the bus company. The cost of a second MOT was a lot less than the repairs the tyre place had condemned my car for. I reported them to the ministery.

Edited by Ram Rod

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11 hours ago, bmwmike said:

Thanks for this.

 

Glad they are tightening up on diseasils and DPF fiddling.

 

 

Yes, long overdue. A modern diesel with functioning dpf is pretty clean for the most part. Fully support those, low CO2 emissions. Mapped and with dpf removed, they are a danger to health.

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10 hours ago, Raymond said:

Another step forward to pushing people into buying new cars 

 

Yes, heading towards the situation in Japan. That is the reason Japan exports used cars around the world. Regulations so tough there that perfectly good cars are too expensive to keep on the road.

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11 minutes ago, bmwmike said:

 

How so?  The changes seem pointed at emissions modifications rather than penalising older cars?

I appreciate its mainly aimed at heavily modded cars like you said, but how many cars 10 years old+ will be running exactly at the level of manufacturers specifications for emissions?  Might not be many that will be to such an extent they will fail an MOT but I would wager its the first step towards 'forcing' older cars off the roaf which may be for the most part running absolutely fine.

Additionally how many of the less honest MOT places out there will start exploiting the emissions thing to force unnecessary work on engines etc to the majority of the public who don't know any better?

Edited by Modge

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Glad they are looking at the DPF thing. 

 

To to be honest the list above doesn't look too bad, it's aimed at your safety and other road users safety too!

 

Although the engine oil leak thing may hurt drivers of N62 engined BMWs!;)

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The oil leak thing is probably about time I guess.  I got ticketed in Australia waaay back in 1999 for an oil leak and couldn't believe it at the time, thought the policechap was joking.  He was serious. Something to do with oil patches being slippery for bikes and other road users.

 

It wasn't even a bad leak, got stopped initially because someone had written very rude words on the back of the car in the dirt.

 

 

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1 hour ago, sshooie said:

Was it a 'summer time' MOT?

No sir, end of November..... 

To be fair the bloke said go straight the tyre place an get it replaced as he handed me the pass ;) 

 

 

so i did.........

6 weeks later! :lol: 

 

 

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13 minutes ago, sshooie said:

I had 4 advisory's last time, two fronts showing wear on the outers, two rears showing wear on the inners.

 

Swapped back to front and I got a couple of k more miles out of them

 

Wish I could do that certainly on my E60 which wore the rears badly on the inner edges but staggered set up on both E60 and F10 prevents this.

 

Not noticed rear wear like that on my F10, but the fronts I've replaced were certainly worn as you described.

 

 

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I still have a screw in the side of my runflat tyre, that was not even mentioned on the MOT which surprised me. 

 

They did how ever mention both rears are starting to get low.

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5 hours ago, sshooie said:

I will get the alignment done again I think, I wanted to have it done last week but never got the time.

 

On seeeing the outer edge worn on the front tyres on my F10 when buying it, I got the dealer to do a full alignment as part of the sale deal, I asked for a print out to prove they had done it.

 

The front tyres I replaced them with haven't worn too much on the outer edge but they have probably only done about 3-4k miles.

 

I've owned mine for nearly two years old so it's due another wheel alignment. It's a good thing to get done regularly  to keep everything working as it should and it's a good check of suspension components as they check these all out as part of the alignment process.

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