New updated MOT rules aimed at improving air quality and making roads safer have come into force today. Under the new rules, diesel cars will be subjected to tighter pullution limits and new fail categories will prohibit a vehicle from being driven until a dangerous defect is repaired.
Gareth Llewellyn, chief executive of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), said: “DVSA’s priority is to help you keep your vehicle safe to drive. “You can start to look forward to cleaner, safer vehicles, with greater clarity on any defects identified by the tester. A properly maintained vehicle should have no problem passing the new MOT.”
The new rules could lead to expensive bills for people who have previously taken their cars to unscrupulous garages where DPFs have been removed because they are costly to replace when faulty.
New DPFs often cost more than £1,000, which is more than the value of many cars on the road.
Among the checks being carried out for the first time under the new rules are:
- if tyres are obviously underinflated
- for fluid leaks posing an environmental risk
- reverse lights on vehicles first used from September 2009
Under the new rules, defects will be categorised as either: dangerous, major or minor and your vehicle will fail the MOT if it has any dangerous or major defects and you will be prohibited from driving a vehicle with a ‘dangerous’ fail until it has been fixed. Motorists can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.