There is a renewed outlook towards the environment and carbon emissions that have harmed the planet over time. Governments across the world have taken measure in a myriad of industries in a bid to lessen their carbon footprint in any achievable way.
This and the need for enhanced road safety has culminated in the government of UK not too long ago issuing some new directives regarding the mandatory testing of most cars above 3 years. This is to determine roadworthiness in terms of emissions and road safety.
Driving a car that does not have a valid MOT can attract a hefty fine of up to £1000. For this reason, it goes without saying that if your car is above 3 years it's best to undergo an MOT test for your own peace of mind.
Our garage in Derbyshire is certified, compliant, and approved by the ministry of transport to carry out MOT tests.
Some of our customers understand all the requirements of an MOT test while other can't quite make head or tail what is expected. Our technicians are more than happy to break it down for you and help you achieve a pass on your MOT testing.
Here are some things you need to know about MOT testing and the new rules.
MOT New Defect Categories
With MOT new defects categories added, your car can receive either of five results. They are;
- Dangerous: If your vehicle is graded as dangerous after being checked, then it will receive a fail as it is considered to be a direct risk to road safety or has a negative impact on the environment
- Major: If your vehicle is graded as major after testing, it will receive a fail. This means that the shortcomings that have been found have a negative impact on the environment and your vehicle is a risk to other motorist and therefore not road worthy
- Minor: Minor issues are considered as those that have no bearing on vehicle safety or the environment. Your vehicle will receive a pass. However, this minor faults should be repaired as soon as possible
- Advisory: An advisory grade will mean that your car has some faults but they do not pose any immediate danger, although they need to be monitored and repaired soon or they are likely to cause a problem in the future. Your vehicle will receive a pass.
- Pass: If your automotive is passed, then it means you have achieved the legally required standard of road safety as prescribed by MOT and this should be maintained going forward
If you own a 'classic' or historic vehicle, you need not fret as they stand a good chance of being exempted if they were manufactured over 40 years ago and have not substantially been altered in the last 30 years. This is only applicable to cars, motorcycles, vans, and light vehicles.
MOT now has stringent rules in place now for diesel emissions. Vehicles that have DPF's (Diesel Particulate Filters) are expected to exhaust smoke that has no colour. If the DPF has been tampered with in any way, it will automatically result in a fail.
Our technicians are savvy and knowledgeable about MOT passing requirements and will make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape and passes this compulsory testing.
Call us today for any queries or to book an appointment.