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Changes to the MOT system

Release Date: 
08/05/2018

The way that the MOT test works in England, Scotland and Wales will change from Sunday 20 May 2018. The changes will affect cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles.

Although the basic essence of the MOT is staying the same, there will be some changes to the content of the MOT. There will also be changes to the defect categories, that vehicles pass and fail for, and the documentation issued at the end of an MOT will be changing to reflect that.

There will now be three defect categories; dangerous, major and minor. For dangerous and major defects the vehicle will fail, for minor defects the vehicle will pass and advisories can be discussed to make drivers aware of components that are wearing or are ‘on their way out’.

The MOT documentation will be changing to reflect the new defect categories and will explain more clearly what motorists need to do with their vehicle.

Members may wish to advise their service providers who supply them with MOT test result details for their vehicles that they want to be advised of minors in the same way they are alerted to advisories.

Further information on the changes is available here on the Gov.uk website.