More stringent MOT rules are being rolled out across Britain next month, and drivers have been warned that they could face a fine of £2,500 if they do not comply. Read our article in full to find out how the new MOT rules from May 2018 could affect you...
The hefty penalty will be issued to motorists who put their car in for an early MOT and continue to drive the vehicle if it fails - even though the old certificate may have another couple of months left, as soon as a vehicle fails to pass the new, tougher, MOT, the vehicle will be considered to be no longer roadworthy. The MOT will include several new defect types - 'dangerous', 'major', and 'minor', tighter rules on diesel car emissions, and many vehicles over 40 years old will be exempt from the annual test.
Under the new rules, faults and defects on a vehicle will be categorised on a scale, from minor, to major, or for the worst faults - dangerous. A car with any major or dangerous faults will automatically fail the test, as will diesel cars emitting smoke from their exhaust. There are also new rules on lights, with reversing lights on vehicles first used from September 2009, front fog lights on vehicles first used from March 2018 and daytime running lights on vehicles first used from March 2018 added to the safety test for the first time.
The latest MOT figures show that over 2.4 million cars had their first test in 2016, with a pass rate of around 85%. Common causes of MOT failure are lighting, tyres and braking faults.
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