With the New Year comes a fresh set of changes to the MOT Test. They implement the European Union Roadworthiness Package, which will come into play on the 20th of May. While exact details were unavailable at the time of writing, some of the following changes are to be welcomed. Others are less so.
While the majority of classic car owners that took part voiced their disapproval during a lengthy consultation period, unmodified pre-1978 cars will not require mandatory annual inspections any longer. Yet, owners can still have tests carried-out voluntarily. Time will tell if this decision represents a serious safety threat.
On a more positive note, lists of defects will be made clearer for non-technically minded owners and will be categorised according to seriousness. This suggests that the MOT receipt-style certificate (pictured) is likely to change. ‘Dangerous’ and ‘Major’ defects will cause an MOT to be failed and the intention is to make the ‘Dangerous’ defect stand-out, so that drivers are aware that the car should not be driven, unless repaired.
‘Minor‘ defects are expected to be treated in a similar way to the current ‘Advisories’ but the DVSA is researching the best way to display the information. Observations, noted by the tester, would be recorded also, but this information would not be presented to the car owner, but would be used internally.
Unsurprisingly, considering the current anti-diesel sentiment, diesel exhaust emission limits are expected to be reduced. Considering that the current limits are fairly lax, this is to be welcomed but we understand that garage equipment will require modifications.
We also understand that more sophisticated methods are being developed to take modified diesels that have had their standard-fit particulate filter (DPF) removed off the road. Again, this can only be a positive move.
Future changes to the annual test depends greatly on negotiations with the EU, post the 29th March 2019 exit, which may include issues such as trailers being subjected to testing.
As usual, we shall blog about the MOT changes in more detail, as the May deadline approaches.