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Here at Russell Automotive Centre, based in North London, we are committed staying up to date on all the changing regulations with regards to car servicing and MOTs. We ensure that all our customers are fully informed on any changes and how they may affect their car servicing and MOT pans.
In May 2018, the standard car MOT Test will be changing to incorporate significantly more stringent pass standards for diesel cars and vans by introducing new defect classes
So if you currently own a diesel car, how will these changes actually affect you?
One of the most significant changes is how each fault is categorised. There is now the introduction of:
Minor problems are simply documented and logged as an issue with the car owner informed and advised to have the problem fixed. However, with a minor issue the car is still able to pass the MOT test. The defects and problems at this level will be recorded on the car’s MOT certificate with the addition now being placed online.
Any car that has either a Major or Dangerous fault discovered will have an immediate fail of MOT.
There is now additional pressure being placed on the car or van emission levels as part of the MOT test. The MOT tester is now required to fail the vehicle if there are any signs of smoke. Alongside the “visible smoke check” there is now the requirement to ensure that the MOT centre test the Diesel Particulate Filter to confirm that it is actually still fitted, as some drivers have been known to remove the filter in the hope that it will improve performance and fuel economy.
They will also be checking that if the filter remains fitted that there is no evidence of it being tampered with in any way. If either tampering or removal has been found, then the car or van will be an immediate fail.
In addition to the emissions test, the new MOT will carry out a check to determine if there are “any fluid leaks that pose a threat to the environment”. This will include fluids such as brake fluid as well as oil.
The changes being made are comprehensive as are looking to address safety as well as environment issues. The new test from 20thMay will also include more rigorous checks on factors such as:
In addition to the more rigorous tests there are further test included in the new MOT that all motorists should be aware of, include:
It is also who noting that the MOT certificate itself is changing. The new certificate has been redesigned to include the additions but to also make it clearer and easier for the vehicle owner to understand.
It is also worth noting that, when the rules change on 20 May 2018, vehicles won’t need an MOT from the 40th anniversary of when they were registered unless they have been substantially changed. This is an important change for those that own vintage.
As can be seen, there are a large number of changes being introduced which may have an impact on your car, particularly if you have a diesel car or van. We are fully prepared to implement the changes for our customers, so if you would like to book your Audi, Bentley, SEAT, Skoda or VW for your next MOT, we will be delighted to help.
The one thing that isn’t changing is our price. We are still offering MOTs at the competitive price of £29.95 including one free re-test should the vehicle not pass first time.