MOT Changes 2018

Back in May, the UK government made some important changes to the MOT test. While the changes themselves aren’t considered to be a great upheaval, they did have a profound impact on particular groups of motorists, especially those who are interested in classic cars!

Another important change has been made to new car MOTs, specifically the year in which an MOT becomes necessary for them.

So, if you would like to know about these MOT changes in greater detail, the Auto Exhausts & Tyres team have listed them below.

No MOT for cars over 40 years old

If you’re a classic car lover, you’re in luck: cars, vans and motorcycles over 40 years old will no longer require an MOT. Prior to this change, the ruling was that only vehicles manufactured prior to 1960 would be exempt from an MOT. Above all, this means that, if collecting classic cars is a hobby of yours, getting those vehicles on the road is now a great deal simpler.

However, this is not necessarily all good news. Before these changes, there were around 197,000 vehicles on the road which didn’t need a valid MOT. With these changes in place, this number has more than doubled, with nearly half a million potentially unroadworthy cars driving around without an MOT. More than anything, this could well increase collisions caused by faulty vehicles.

New rules for diesels

With the impact that diesel engines are having on the environment becoming more and more apparent, the rules for these cars are becoming stricter. With an aim to restrict emissions even further, diesel vehicles are now being fitted with a DPF (diesel particulate filter). If any smoke is seen to be coming out of the exhaust during the MOT, your vehicle will fail.

New car MOTs

On top of those changes to the MOT requirements for older vehicles, the government has also changed the age at which a new car will be put through its first MOT from 3 to 4 years. Similar to the new rules being applied to classic cars, this change to new car MOTs would also see the number of unroadworthy vehicles in the UK rise, something which has irked many road safety campaigners.

According to government statistics, 1 in 6 3-year-old cars fail their first MOT. An odd statistic, you might think, but makes sense when you think about it: maintenance isn’t something that’s on the mind of a new car owner and, as a result, when their car’s first MOT comes round, it could well fail.

Auto Exhausts & Tyres have a team of skilled, professional mechanics who carry out high quality servicing, MOTs and repairs. Whether your vehicle needs a seasonal summer checkup or you need a reliable replacement part fitted, our experts can help. Our team offer a friendly, trustworthy and comprehensive service at competitive prices for clients in Lincoln and the surrounding areas. For more information, advice, or to book in your car, get in touch with our team today.