If you didn't already know from the 20th May 2018 the government will be introducing Three new categories to the MOT testing these include
Below you will find the 5 main changes you will expect to see from May.
The changes will affect cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles.
1. Defects will be categorised differently
Defects found during the MOT will be categorized as either:
The category the MOT tester gives each item will depend on the type of problem and how serious it is.
MOT testers will still give advice about items you need to monitor. These are known as ‘advisories’.
What the new categories mean
What it means about the item
How it affects your MOT result
A direct and immediate risk to road safety or has a serious impact on the environment.
It may affect the vehicle’s safety, put other road users at risk or have an impact on the environment.
No significant effect on the safety of the vehicle or impact on the environment.
It could become more serious in the future.
It meets the minimum legal standard.
2. Stricter rules for diesel car emissions
There will be stricter limits for emissions from diesel cars with a diesel particulate filter (DPF).
A DPF captures and stores exhaust soot to reduce emissions from diesel cars.
Check your car’s handbook if you don’t know if your car has a DPF.
Your vehicle will get a major fault if the MOT tester:
3. Some new things will be included in the MOT
Some new items will be tested during the MOT.
They include checking:
There will be other smaller changes to how some items are checked. Your MOT centre will be able to tell you about these.
4. The MOT certificate will change
The current MOT test certificate (left) will change to a new style (right) to list the new types of defects.
The design of the MOT certificate will change.
It will list any defects under the new categories, so they’re clear and easy to understand.
The service to check the MOT history of a vehicle will be updated to reflect the changes.
Cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles won’t need to have a MOT if they’re over 40 years old and have not been substantially changed see (PDF, 62.8KB).
At the moment, only vehicles first built before 1960 are exempt from needing a MOT.
When the rules change on 20 May 2018, vehicles won’t need a MOT from the 40th anniversary of when they were registered. You can check the date the vehicle was registered online.
You won’t have to apply to stop getting a MOT for your vehicle.
However, each time you tax your historic vehicle (even if you don’t pay a fee), you’ll have to declare it meets the rules for not needing a MOT.
To find out more detailed information please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mot-changes-20-may-2018
All information from gov.uk/motchanges