New MOT Checks Begin Today!

A series of new MOT checks are being introduced across Britain today, including:

What new MOT checks will be added to an MOT in May 2018?

  • tyres that are obviously underinflated
  • contaminated brake fluid
  • fluid leaks posing an environmental risk
  • brake pad warning lights or missing brake pads or discs
  • reversing lights on vehicles first used from 1 September 2009
  • headlight washers (if fitted) on vehicles first used from 1 September 2009
  • daytime running lights on vehicles first used from 1 March 2018
  • stricter emission limits for diesel cars with a diesel particulate filter (DPF).

New MOT Check Categories

Failed MOT checks will now be divided into three categories – minor, major and dangerous. Minor faults may make it through, but any major or dangerous faults are an automatic failure. Here are some areas your car could fail:

Body, vehicle structure and general items

Must be free from excessive corrosion, sharp edges or damage in specific areas

Fuel system

Checked for leaks, and the pipes and hoses must be secure and in good condition, with the fuel cap fastening securely


The driver’s seat must be able to be adjusted; all seats must be securely fitted.


The front doors must open from both the inside and outside the vehicle, and hinges and catches must be in good condition

Registration plates and Vehicle identification number (VIN)

Checked for: condition, secure attachment, characters correctly formed and spaced and colour. The VIN will be checked on vehicles first used on or after 1 August 1980.


The horn must work properly

Electrical System

All visible electrical wiring and the battery will be checked in the new test.

Car Clinic MOT Centre

If you need help with your car’s MOT, then call the specialists: Car Clinic MOT Centre serves drivers in Ellesmere Port, Wrexham, Flint, Warrington, Birkenhead and more. Call us on 0151 339 0101today for a free no obligation Ellesmere Port car repairs quote and book an Ellesmere Port MOT and Ellesmere Port car servicing appointment for your vehicle at the same time.