MOT rule changes

Raft of new checks in effect from March 20th

Published:  07 March, 2013

VARIOUS MOT test changes will be introduced on March 20 according to VOSA.

The changes are to comply with new European requirements on roadworthiness and include additional checks on that principally apply to warning lights and wiring. The amendments were due to come into effect last year, but for assorted reasons were delayed.

These changes will not affect the basic cost of a test.

Vehicle and Operator Services Agency Chief Executive Alastair Peoples said: "The MOT test is designed to make sure that a vehicle is fit to be on the road and so it needs to be updated to reflect new vehicle technology."

"We at VOSA have worked closely with the industry to make sure they are prepared for the changes; and testers have been letting customers know about the new items at the MOT test for more than a year to make sure they are ready for the changes."

There will be new checks on a number of items including the electronic power steering malfunction indicator as well as the brake fluid warning lamp. Further checks will include the engine mountings and the speedometer.

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