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MOT Update: Important Changes to Testing Procedures

MOT Update: Important Changes to Testing Procedures

29 March 2018

EU Directive 2014/45 comes into force on 20th May 2018, and at this point the MOT inspection manual will change. 2014/45/EU is part of the European Union Roadworthiness Package, and although we are leaving the EU, the UK is still a full member so we must comply with the requirements.

What’s changing?

The physical test will change very little, however the MOT Inspection Manual as we know it will no longer exist. It will be an online web service with a different sequence, and have more sections than before.

Here are some of the key changes:

  • A completely re-written MOT Inspection Manual in a different format with current items in unfamiliar locations
  • New categorisation of defects (Pass, Minor, Major & Dangerous)
  • New definitions for insecurity, unsafe modification & extensively modified vehicles
  • Alignment of the manual to the standard EU vehicle categories (M1 N1 etc.)
  • Numerous new testable items and components (e.g. bumpers, reverse lights, engine MIL lights etc.)
  • Certain items that are testable now will no longer be referenced in manual
  • Whilst there are many new defects that can be listed some existing failure items will be downgraded to a minor defect
  • Enhanced checks on emissions and emission control equipment

The above is only an overview of what will need to be understood by testers in a complete revamp of the MOT test, and DVSA expect testers to spend time researching these extensive changes.

Studying the changes

“Updates to testing procedures brought about by the implementation of EU Directive 2014/45” is one of the topics covered in the 2018/19 MOT annual training syllabus, and as such we are advising all testers to consider completing their annual training early.

Although DVSA only require a minimum of 3 hours of annual training per year for the whole syllabus (16 hours over a 5 year period), testers may need to spend additional time studying the changes to the inspection manual.

To help with this, the IGA has created an enhanced, full-day annual training course available at both RMI Academy of Automotive Skills sites. The course will cover the full annual training syllabus like our other packages, but will go further in-depth with practical elements to demonstrate the workings on EU 2014/45. The assessment will be taken at the end of the course, so you will have completed your annual training 2018/19 requirements in one day.

The course costs £195, including assessment costs, and you can book now by calling 0845 305 4230.