How Is The MoT Test Changing In 2019?
In May 2018, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) made changes to the MOT, making it a more stringent and with it, detailed affair. We reported on this, of course. However, May seems like a very long time ago indeed, so it’s well worth brushing up the newly-implemented rules, seeing as 2019 will be the first full year in which they’re enforced.
The 2019 MoT changes in brief
The first big change for the entirity of 2019 is to the pass/fail categories themselves. There are now five in place, with two repressing a MOT failure and three representing differing levels of a pass. They are:
Dangerous – Where there is a failure/safety issue or risk to the environment so severe that the car should not be driven until repairs are made. This is a fail.
Major – Issues that present a danger to the vehicle’s safety or to the environment. The car can be driven away for repairs, but that’s it. Again, this is a fail.
Minor – Issues that pose no threat to the vehicle’s safety but may still be a potential risk to the environment. This is a pass.
Advisory – As before, this is an issue in its infancy, that if ignored is likely to become significantly more severe. This is also a pass.
Pass – The car meets the current standards without concern
The new standards shouldn’t pose any concern for conscientious owners. This doesn’t strike us as an attack on the car owner, rather a more efficient way of getting neglected and tired vehicles either repaired or off the roads completely. If your car is well maintained and serviced regularly, there shouldn’t be anything to worry about.
Finally, the online MoT services are changing, too. For a while now, you have been able to log on to check the MOT history, which makes it impossible for a seller to hide a car’s chequered past. Now though, owners can go one step further by entering details from the V5, which will then allow you to see where exactly the car was tested.
As we’ve said, the new rules shouldn’t be a cause for concern unless you’re driving an obviously tired car. These new rules set to ensure we’re all driving cars that are operating as safely – both mechanically and environmentally – as possible, and that’s no bad thing. The only question for the future is whether or not there will be a push to make things even more stringent for diesel cars, given the current trend of moving away from the once popular fuel. Only time will tell.
New testable items for the MoT in 2019
The test itself has obviously become more stringent in order to facilitate those new categories. For example, diesel cars fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) will fail if that unit is either not performing or if it has been tampered with. Also for diesels, cars will receive a Major result in the event of visible smoke from the exhaust.
Moving away from diesel vehicles, there are also some new testable items that will apply to all cars. These are:
Tyres – specifically if they are underinflated
Brake fluid – any sign of contamination will result in a fail
Brake warning lights – if illuminated, or if brake pads/discs are excessively worn/absent it will be a fail
Reversing lights – Must be functional on all vehicles registered September 2009 or after
Daytime running lights (DRLs) – Must be functional on all vehicles registered March 2018 or after