DfT to begin research into DPF detection methods

Calls following findings showing large numbers caught out during MOT

Published:  25 April, 2016

Over 1,000 vehicles have been found on UK roads without a DPF fitted since new MOT legislation came in during 2014 it has been revealed.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has revealed that a total of 1,188 vehicles were caught out by the visual check introduced in February 2014. The department has now commissioned research on how existing or new technology can be used to detect DPF removal through exhaust gases emitted.

Ministers are now facing calls for urgent action in the belief that the number may only be the tip of the iceberg. With DPF removal still being advertised by companies online and a simple visual check failing to detect filters that have been ‘gutted’ – with tops cut out, innards removed and then welded back together before being installed on the vehicle – the problem may only get worse, making a mockery of the checks.

Cameron Bryce, Managing Director of DPF Clean Team comments: ““While it’s good to see the government taking action against DPF removal, what we really need to see is the return of spot checks on the road, greater enforcement and a better system for MOT checks, rather than basic visual inspection.”

Aftermarket will be running an in-depth story on DPF removal in our June issue. Have you had a vehicle in that has failed its MOT on the DPF? Do you think more needs to be done to ensure vehicles running without them are caught? Email your thoughts to Phil@aftermarket.co.uk

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