New changes set for UK MOT testing
This year has seen a range of new legislation regarding driving, with many laws coming into effect as of January 2020. Among them are changes to MOT rules, which will be the responsibility of drivers to understand.
Those undertaking a driving course in Liverpool, Chester, Wirral and other UK areas should be mindful of changes to MOT testing rules that will apply to them when they pass and run vehicles of their own.
The categories for vehicle defects have been redefined with new descriptions, and drivers are advised to make themselves aware of them.
Vehicles nominated “Dangerous” refer to those considered a direct risk to either the environment or road safety, and those categorised as “Major” are cars that could affect the environment or safety. Either will result in a failed MOT.
Cars that fall in the “Minor” category are vehicles that do not have a detrimental effect on road safety but should undergo auto maintenance as soon as possible and be repaired. Similarly, cars deemed “Advisory” are those that could potentially have an impact on the safety of the driver and other road users in the future.
Finally, cars that “Pass” meet all legal standards currently in force.
Additionally there will be a selection of new requirements included in MOT testing for the first time. Issues with brakes include warning lights for brake pads, as well as missing brake discs and pads, and brake fluid found to be contaminated. Tyres that are underinflated and issues with daytime running and reversing lights may also be picked up on, dependent on the vehicles age.