IGA News

MOT Update - February 2018

MOT Update - February 2018

30 January 2018

Common sense prevails! A vehicle’s first MOT will remain at 3 years

On January 18th the Department for Transport (DfT) announced that Ministers put road safety first as they decided to maintain the period before a car’s first MOT test at 3 years.

The announcement comes after a DfT consultation last year to consider changing the wait before the first test to 4 years.

Most of those responding to the consultation were against the proposals on safety grounds, arguing that the savings to motorists were outweighed by the risk to road users and the test often highlights upcoming issues affecting the vehicle. A public survey for DfT by Populus also showed fewer than half of people were in favour of the change.

We are delighted that the Government has seen sense, and are proud to have played our part by producing an effective response to the consultation, supporting the ProMOTe campaign to warn consumers against the dangers of an extended MOT, and joining lobbying efforts with other industry trade bodies within the Automotive Aftermarket Liaison Group (AALG) throughout the consultation period.

You can read the full statement from the DfT here.

Special Notice 01-18

DVSA released a new Special Notice on 10th January, telling you about the introduction of a new MOT inspection manual (class 3, 4, 5 and 7 vehicles) on 20th May 2018, and the release of the 19th edition of the in-service exhaust emission data on 1st February 2018.

Along with a new layout, containing more sections and a different order, there are also new defect categorisations:

  • Dangerous
  • Major
  • Minor

Minor defects must now be identified and recorded and the vehicle owner will still receive a VT20 pass certificate.

Click here to read the full Special Notice.

Testing class 5 ‘light’ vehicles

On January 18th, DVSA released a statement regarding the illegal testing of class 5 ‘light’ vehicles.

They said that some MOT testers have recently carried out class 5 tests when they’re not qualified to, or their VTS isn’t approved for class 5, and that both you and your VTS can get 500 penalty points and be removed from testing if you do this.

DVSA also clarified the definition of class 5 vehicles, which contains the following and must have 13 or more passenger seats in all cases:

  • Private passenger vehicles
  • Ambulances
  • Motor caravans
  • Dual-purpose vehicles

Smaller class 5 vehicles are referred to as ‘class 5L’. These are limited to 5,000kg design gross weight.

Class 5L vehicles can be tested at a class 7 test station, providing that it’s approved to test class 5L private passenger vehicles.

You can check the MOT testing guide (page 73) for more information about getting your VTS authorised to test class 5 vehicles.

If you have any questions on the topics above, please call the IGA member Helpline on 0845 305 4230.