What’s new pussycat? Throwing light on the new Directive

Barry Babister from MOT Juice takes a look at the changes to the scheme and the Directive EC.2014/45, which forms a large part of the Annual Training Syllabus for 2018-19

Published:  19 September, 2018

I work in and around MOT testing every day and yet I am daily confronted with new terms and abbreviations, new rules and guidelines faster that I can possibly keep up.

So, just for fun here is a run through the latest DVSA guidance notes where I have added some more easily palatable descriptions and cleared away some of the ‘noise’. If you are a tester then this should help re-enforce your annual training syllabus and if you are involved in the MOT scheme it with hope expands upon the latest DVSA offerings.

New defect categories
Dangerous defects that are fails and present risk to road safety or the environment. Major defects that are fails and categorised as major within the fail criteria. Minor defects that we used to term as optional advisories, but now must be listed. Advisories can still be added manually.
New vehicle categories

  • M1 (Class 4) or the official line is; Vehicles designed and constructed for the carriage of passengers and comprising no more than eight seats in addition to the driver's seat.
  • N1 (Class7) or the official line of; Vehicles designed and constructed
  • for the carriage of goods and having
  • a maximum mass not exceeding
  • 3.5 tonnes.

Changes to test standards – items that have evolved their criteria
This year’s annual tester training partly focuses on changes between the old and new manuals. With luck we will all have used the new manual sufficiently well by the time we reach next year’s exam season to easily identify the new items.
Sections that have existing (some new) testable items that have changes to the testable criteria are most notably the following;

  •  Brake fluid (contaminated or below min level)
  •  Daytime running lamps
  •  Front fog lamps
  •  Reversing lamps
  •  Bumpers (truly must be secure with no sharp edges)
  •  Prop shafts (watch out for those carrier bearings)
  •  All rear drive shafts (rear drive shaft gaiters now in)
  •  Floors (includes load security so those tippers and pick-ups beware)
  •  Passenger hand grips (quads and heavy trikes only)
  •  Noise suppression material (inside bonnet and around engine bay)
  •  Under tray security (if likely to become detached)
  •  Emission control equipment (including O2 sensors/NOx sensors/EGR valves)
  •  Engine malfunction indicator lamp (plus around 9 other warning lights)
  •  Fluid leaks – engine, transmission etc (but not antifreeze/screen wash/AdBlue)

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