MOT 2018: Legalizing Your Car’s Identity

Introduced in the 1960s, MOTs over the years have undergone rapid transformation and stand today as one of the most comprehensive and long-range tests that provide legal identification to your car. If you are a car owner, you’re probably bound to undertake the MOT test every year. With an attempt to measure the roadworthiness of your vehicle, the MOT or Ministry Of Transport UK applying to the vehicle of all types whether cars, vans or motorcycles check whether vehicles more than three years old are safe and environmentally sound as far as their operability on roads is concerned. Well, this might sound easier but the process isn’t that easy since your vehicle can either pass or fail the MOT test given certain eligibility and non-eligibility conditions.

Passing & Failing The MOT

Warning lights and signals, brakes, washers, wipers, and windscreen suspension and exhaust system and tyres Leeds can be resolved given the car is taken for routine check-ups. If these vital parts are in good condition, your car can easily pass the MOT receiving an MOT clearance certificate. If neither of the aforesaid criteria meets the minimum legal standard then your car is bound to fail the MOT test. You’ll be issued a VT30 or refusal of an MOT test certificate from the testing garage grounded on results stating ‘dangerous’ or ‘major’ issues with your vehicle, classified as either ‘advisory’ or ‘minor’ to be monitored and fixed. Moreover, you can be heavily fined, or your vehicle can be even banned with 3 penalty charges on driving without passing the minimum standards of the MOT test.2018 MOT Highlights

The new MOT system in England, Wales and Scotland that came into effect from May 20, 2018, has introduced a new system with far stricter regulations:

Defect Categorization

Defects identified during the MOT test have been categorized as ‘dangerous’, ‘major’, and ‘minor’ to determine a fault’s extremity.


If your car falls within this category, then it is either an immediate risk to road safety or can leave a serious impact on the environment. Such cars cannot be driven until repaired and will fail the MOT Leeds test.


An issue with the vehicle falling within this category can affect not only the safety of the owner himself but also other road users along with detrimental impact upon the environment and thus needs immediate repairment which otherwise will fail the MOT test.


A car entitled to this category states that though there’s a fault detected in the car, such won’t put fellow road users at risk or even have severe environmental impacts, but needs to be repaired at the earliest to pass the MOT.


If an issue has been detected it can become serious in the long run. Hence should be monitored and repaired if and when necessary, but the car will be permitted to pass the MOT.


To pass the MOT, the car is required to meet the aforesaid minimal legal standards.Rigid regulations for Diesel car emissions

Diesel cars with a DPF or diesel particulate filter which minimizes emissions will face rigid limitations for emissions. Your car will be failing the MOT if detected with smoke coming from the exhaust or evidence proving any tamper with the DPFMiscellaneous detection to Pass or Fail the MOT

Missing brake pad warning lights, underinflated tyres, contaminated brake fluids the leakage of which poses credible environmental risks, etc. are other miscellaneous detections that will determine your passing or failing the MOT test