Do You Know What The New Mot Changes Are? 50 Per Cent Of British Drivers Are Still Confused Just Days Before Rule Shake-up


HALF of drivers are still confused by new MOT rule changes coming into force this weekend, a new study has found.

A whopping 49 per cent of motorists still don’t understand what the new “minor” defect category means, thinking their car will automatically fail the test.

Alamy Motorists still aren’t clear about the MOT changes coming this weekend

Conducted by the RAC, the survey found that drivers believed any defect would mean their car would fail its service – but cars with minor faults simply require the problem to be fixed as soon as possible and will still pass.

On the other hand, a worrying 11 per cent still think that cars with major or dangerous faults will be allowed on the road.

As part of the changes, there will now be a new grading system for defects, which could see more cars failing their MOT.

Defects will now be classed as minor, major or dangerous – with cars categorised as dangerous or major automatically failing the test.

The full list of changes to the MOT

This is the complete list of new checks being introduced from May 20 2018.

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If a defect is identified as being dangerous, motorists won’t be able to drive the vehicle away from the MOT testing station.

Changes will also include tougher diesel tests, extra major failure categories and new lighting checks will all be added on May 20.

Dirty diesels will be targeted with tougher smoke limits and new checks on whether diesel particulate filters (DPFs) are actually working.

According to the RAC, half of motorists questioned said they currently own, or run, a diesel car.

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But more than a third of those drivers didn’t know whether their car still had a working DPF – or have one at all.

Diesel cars will automatically fail their MOT if there’s any smoke coming from the exhaust, if the DPF has been removed or there is evidence it has been tampered with.

And drivers aren’t clear on the incredible cost of replacing their DPF, with the majority thinking it will set them back just a few hundred pounds.

Replacing the vital filter can costs motorists more than £1,000, not including labour costs.

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RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “It is important everyone quickly gets to grips with the changes to the MOT, and that test centres and garages do a good job of explaining the new fault categories so motorists understand correctly the severity of faults with their vehicles.

“Changes to the MOT that make vehicles using our roads safer are undoubtedly a positive step so we hope that testers everywhere interpret and apply the new rules fairly and consistently.

“The last thing we want to see is a lowering of MOT standards and an increase in the number of unroadworthy vehicles on our roads.

“There is rightly a lot of attention at the moment on ‘harmful to health’ nitrogen dioxide emissions from diesel vehicles so stricter rules should help to make sure vehicles aren’t emitting more than they should be.

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