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The MOT test is changing

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The MOT test for cars, vans and motorcycles will be changing on 20th May.

You know that thing all car owners have to do once a year? Pacing around for an hour like a worried parent waiting for some good news? That's it.

The 5 changes you should know about

  1. Defects will be categorised differently

    If during the MOT something wrong is found with your car, depending on the type of problem and how serious it is it will be categorised as either:

    • Dangerous
    • Major
    • Minor

    You'll still be told about anything the tester has noticed that needs monitoring and these are called advisories. This could be something that isn't a problem now and isn't going to stop your car from passing the MOT, but could be something that needs to be checked or replaced later on.

  2. What that means MOT result

    A direct and immediate risk to road safety or has a serious impact on the environment.

    Do not drive until the vehicle has been repaired.


    It may affect the vehicle's safety, put other road users at risk or have an impact on the environment.

    Repair it immediately.


    No significant effect on the safety of the vehicle or impact on the environment.

    Repair as soon as possible.


    It could become more serious in the future.

    Monitor and repair it if necessary.


    It meets the minimum legal standard.

    Make sure it continues to meet the standard.

  3. Stricter rules for diesel cars

    There will be stricter limits on emissions from diesel cars with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). The job of a DPF is to capture and store exhaust soot to stop it being kicked out into the air.

    TIP: check your car's handbook if you're not sure if your car has a DPF.

    Your vehicle will get a major fault if the mechanic can see:

    • smoke of any colour coming from the exhuast
    • evidence that the DPF has been tampered with
  4. Some new checks will be included

    As well as all the usual stuff the MOT checks, these new checks will be added so you'll be getting more bang for your buck:

    • tyre underinflation
    • brake fluid contamination
    • fluid leaks with potential environmental risk
    • brake pad warning light
    • missing brake pads or discs
    • reverse lights (on vehicles first used from 1st Sept 2009)
    • headlight washers - if you have them! (on vehicles first used from 1st Sept 2009)
    • daytime running lights (on vehicles first used from 1st March 2018)
  5. The MOT certificate will change

    The overall design of your MOT certificate will change. It will list any defects with their new categories so they're clearer to understand.

    The service to check a vehicle's previous MOTs will also be updated because of the changes.

    You can check the MOT history of your vehicle here.

  6. Older vehicles over 40 years won’t need an MOT

    Although this one probably won't apply to ingenie drivers - car, vans and motorcycles over 40 years old that have not been significantly changed won't need to have an MOT.

    When the rules change on 20th May, the vehicle won't need an MOT from the 40th anniversary of when it was registered. You won't need to apply to stop getting an MOT, but you will need to declare that it meets the no MOT rules when you tax the vehicle.

  7. No change to cost - hooray!

    Good news, the cost of the MOT won't be changing. It'll stay at £54.85 for a car and £29.65 for a motorcycle, max. The government has also decided to keep the age a vehicle needs it's first MOT at 3 years.

    Don't forget you can get a free MOT reminder by text or email one month before it's due. But you'll need to remember to sign up. So don't forget that either. Maybe set yourself a reminder to remind yourself about the reminder.

    You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.

Katey Gregory

By Katey Gregory

Katey Joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of all things social and content. She passed her driving test in 2015 and her first car is a Toyota Yaris T3 named Tyrone.