Mot Testing Wymondham
Mot Testing Wymondham
Mot Testing Wymondham

New MOT Regulations 2018

New MOT Regulations 2018

With effect from 20th May 2018, new MOT regulations took effect. There are 5 main changes which we summarise below.

1. Defects are now categorised differently. They are now either:-

CategoryWhat it meansMOT result
DangerousA direct and immediate risk to road safety or has a serious impact on the environment. Do not drive the vehicle until it’s been repairedFail
MajorIt may affect the vehicle’s safety, put other road users at risk or have an impact on the environment. Repair it immediately.Fail
MinorNo significant effect on the safety of the vehicle or impact on the environment. Repair as soon as possible.Pass

2. Stricter rules for diesel emissions

Your vehicle will get a major fault if the MOT tester:

  • Can see smoke of any colour coming from the exhaust
  • Finds evidence that the DPF has been tampered with

3. Some new things are included in the MOT

Some new items are tested during the MOT. They include checking:

  • if tyres are obviously under-inflated
  • if the brake fluid has been contaminated
  • for fluid leaks posing an environmental risk
  • brake pad warning lights and if brake pads or discs are missing
  • reversing lights on vehicles first used from 1 September 2009
  • headlight washers on vehicles first used from 1 September 2009 (if they have them)
  • daytime running lights on vehicles first used from 1 March 2018 (most of these vehicles will have their first MOT in 2021 when they’re 3 years old)

4. The MOT certificate will change

The design of the MOT certificate has changed. It lists any defects under the new categories, so they’re clear and easy to understand.

The service to check the MOT history of a vehicle has been updated to reflect the changes.

5. Some vehicles over 40 years old won’t need an MOT

Cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles won’t need to have an MOT if they’re over 40 years old and have not been substantially changed. Until now, only vehicles first built before 1960 were exempt from needing an MOT. Now the rules have changed, vehicles won’t need an MOT from the 40th anniversary of when they were registered or manufactured. You can check the date the vehicle was registered here.