New defect catagories.

Defects found during the MOT will be categorised as Minor, Major or Dangerous.

The category the MOT tester gives each item will depend on the type of problem and how serious it is.

There will still be advisories as before.

Stricter rules for diesels.

There will be Stricter Lowered Limits for emissions from diesel cars with a diesel particulate filter (DPF).

A vehicle fitted with a DPF that emits any kind of visible smoke during the metered test will now fail. Your vehicle will get a major fault if the MOT tester finds evidence that the DPF has been tampered with.

New items to be tested.

Some new items will be tested during the MOT, these include: Reverse Lights and Headlight Washers on any car registered from 1st September 2009, Daytime Running Lamps & Front Fog Lamps on vehicles registered from March 2018, Engine Management Light, Brake Pad Warning Light, Contaminated Brake Fluid and Fluid Leaks posing an environmental risk.

New style MOT certificate.

The design of the MOT certificate is changing, It will list any defects under the new categories, so they’re clear and easy to understand.

Some 40 year old vehicles 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.

More information can be found here:

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When do you need an MOT?

Vehicles aged 3 years or more are required by law to have an MOT test every 12 months, it is a safety check to ensure the vehicle meets the minimum legal safety standards and levels of exhaust emissions set out by the DVSA.

How soon can you have an MOT?

You can present your vehicle for test up to 30 days in advance of the expriory date (shown on your current MOT certificate). You will still keep the same renewal date. For example, if your MOT expires on the 17th March, the soonest you can have an MOT is the 18th Feb, you can have an MOT sooner but the renewal date for the following year will be different.

Has your MOT expired?

You can't drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT has expired, you could be prosecuted if caught.   The only exceptions to drive it are:

  1. to or from somewhere to be repaired.
  2. to a pre-arranged MOT test.

You can be fined up to £1000 for driving without a valid MOT.

If your vehicle FAILS the MOT

YOU MUST NOT drive your vehicle on the road if it fails the MOT test, even if your current MOT has not expired. The only exceptions to drive it are:

  1. to or from somewhere to be repaired.
  2. to a pre-arranged MOT test.

In both cases your vehicle still needs to meet the minimum standards of roadworthiness at all times or you can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.

MOT Retest

Once your vehicle has been repaired, it will need to be retested. In some cases your vehicle will only need a partial re-test and no fee will apply, a full list of retestable items can be found here:

MOT Test result appeals

You can appeal an MOT test failure or complain to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency if you think your vehicle should not have passed the MOT.