New Tougher MOT Tests Could Have Big Impact On Diesel Drivers

From 20th May 2018 MOT tests are changing.

The changes will affect cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles.

There will be stricter limits for emissions from diesel cars with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). In addition, vehicles will fail if “smoke of any colour” can be seen from the exhaust, or if the DPF has been tampered with.

Vehicle defects will be categorised as either

  • Dangerous
  • Major
  • Minor

Other results will be categorised as

  • Advisory
  • Pass

Vehicles with dangerous or major defects will Fail. Minor failures and Advisories will result in a Pass.

Despite Brexit, the changes are the result of an EU Directive imposing tougher vehicle checks and improved emissions testing. The Directive comes into force on 20th May, i.e. before the UK leaves the EU.

Motoring experts believe that thousands of older diesel cars could be forced off the roads from next month by the new stricter emissions test.

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