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MOT Update – April 2021

MOT Update – April 2021

31 March 2021

DVSA Campaign: Helping motorists to remember their MOT this year

Tuesday 30th March marked 12 months since the first MOT exemptions were issued, which means almost 10 million motorists will have new MOT dates.

The DVSA will be promoting a new social campaign over the next few months to recommend that motorists sign up to DVSA’s MOT reminder service, which will make it easier to remember their new test date this year. The message is that signing up for an MOT reminder is an easy and free way to help you keep your vehicle safe to drive.

If you want to promote the MOT reminder service to your customers, you can follow the DVSA on social media and share and retweet the content on Twitter: @DVSAgovuk and Facebook: facebook.com/dvsagovuk.

DVSA Campaign: Promoting vehicle safety checks to your customers who need to drive

Following the success of the DVSA’s ‘Beat the Rush’ campaign, they have launched a new campaign to help garages make up the shortfall of work during April and May.

On the Matters of Testing blog, they write:

“Last year, we helped you to encourage motorists to come in early and ‘Beat the Rush’. We now want to help you promote your other safety checks to motorists, like a health check or service, during the quieter months.

Whatever your essential journey, make it SAFE

As the schools return, some people may need to use their vehicles more regularly. So, we’ve developed a campaign to help motorists to check their vehicle is safe before they set off. We’re recommending motorists do four basic things:

Service or health check if needed

Air in tyres

Fill up screenwash

Examine lights and tyre tread

As part of the campaign, we’ll be promoting the value of a getting a service or health check at a local garage.

Working together: free toolkit for communicating with your customers

Our research shows 95% of customers trust you. So, to help you manage the shortfall in MOT work, we’ve developed another toolkit to help you reach out to customers who need to drive. It’s designed to help you contact them to:

  • Offer a service or health check for peace of mind
  • Provide information about how to do simple vehicle safety checks
  • Ask them to consider going back to their original MOT date

When is this happening

The ‘Whatever your essential journey, make it SAFE’ campaign begins on Friday 5 March 2021. We will encourage motorists who need to drive to carry out the SAFE checks and promote the value of getting professional services from a local garage.

3 easy steps to get involved with the campaign

  1. Download the toolkit below
  2. Use the templates for social media and email messages to your customers – or create your own
  3. Keep an eye on your emails as we will contact you as the campaign progresses

Here’s the SAFE vehicle safety checks toolkit to download.”

MOT special notice 01-21: Headlamp conversions

The DVSA released the first special notice of the year on 19th March, that informs testers about a rule change to headlamp conversions. The notice states:

1. About headlamp conversions

Section 4.1.4 of the current MOT inspection manuals for both motorcycles and cars and passenger vehicles states ‘Existing halogen headlamp units should not be converted to be used with high intensity discharge (HID) or light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. If such a conversion has been done, you must fail the headlamp.’

2. Changes to current rules

From 22 March 2021, we’re changing these rules so that not all motorcycles and vehicles will fail the MOT test if their halogen headlamp units have been converted to be used with HID or LED bulbs.

Class 1 and 2 motorcycles

Class 1 and 2 motorcycles must not be failed for the defect ‘Light source and lamp not compatible’.

Headlamps must comply with all other requirements of the test and headlamp aim.

The updated motorcycle inspection manual can be found here, and the ability to select the defect within the MOT testing service will be removed.

Class 3,4,5 and 7 vehicles

For class 3,4,5 and 7 vehicles, the defect ‘Light source and lamp not compatible’ only applies to vehicles first used on or after 1 April 1986.

Should a vehicle be presented for an MOT test with conversions before 1 April 1986 they must not be failed with immediate effect.

Vehicles presented with converted halogen headlamp units first used on or after 1 April 1986 will continue to be failed.

Headlamps must comply with all other requirements of the test and headlamp aim.

The updated cars and passenger vehicles inspection manual can be found here.