The MOT is due to change next year
MOT is “not fit for purpose”
One of these changes, from the Department for Transport, is suggesting increasing the period until a vehicle’s first MOT test. The current system requires the first MOT test to be taken after 3 years but the DFT wants to extend this to 4 years. More than 98% of cars having a 3 year MOT test, pass with flying colours.
The Diesel DPF checks are likely to be more strict in the new MOT as The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency says more than 1,800 cars have been caught with the DPF removed since 2014. But I believe the number is much higher, much higher! Probably more than 500,000 diesel cars have had their DPF removed. The current MOT test, which requires only a visual inspection of the DPF. The DVSA says it plans to introduce changes to improve the MOT test next year.
All new diesel cars produced after 2009 have DPF designed to reduce pollution levels, but they can get clogged up and break down and can cost thousands of pounds to replace.
The DPF stands for diesel particulate filter and is designed to filter the toxic fumes diesels create. It is now illegal for drivers to use a car with the DPF removed if the car came with a DPF from the factory, but it is not illegal for garages to take them out.
Under the new MOT test will see any model older than 40 years exempt from the annual MOT check. That’s an additional 290,000+ cars driven on our roads that will no longer need an MOT test. Currently, only cars from before 1960 are exempt, which represents 195,000+ cars on UK roads. This also includes bikes over 40 years as well.
How the MOT test works
During the MOT test, important parts on your car will be checked to make sure they meet the legal standards.
In a test station, you can normally watch the test from a viewing area. For more about the MOT test, check this blog post about the MOT.
Electric Car MOT Test?
Just like its petrol and diesel counterparts, the electric car’s MOT includes the same test designed to examine every aspect of its roadworthiness. including
- Steering & Suspension
- Springs, Shocks & Linkages
- Tyres & Brakes
- Windscreen & Mirrors
- Wipers & Washers
- Seat & Seatbelts
There’s no emissions test required for an electric car, as you might have guessed. I’m not sure but maybe a test on its electrical system in years to come?