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MOT Update – February 2021

MOT Update – February 2021

29 January 2021

MOT Inspection Manual updates

The DVSA made many changes to the MOT Inspection Manual on 11th January which MOT testers should be aware of. Click the links below to view all the updates made for the vehicle categories you test:

Revised guidance on categorisation of defects

The DVSA has revised their guidance on how they categorise vehicle defects in roadside checks. These rules are being enforced from 1 February 2021.

What’s changed

The banning of tyres aged over 10 years on the front axles of lorries, buses, coaches and all single wheels of minibuses (9 to 16 passenger seats) from 1 February 2021 is covered in the revisions (more details below).

Additional notes on dash mounted tables, laptops, tablets and mobile phones have been added to issues affecting the view of the road.

Other updated sections include:

  • Brakes
  • Lamps
  • Steering control
  • Suspension

The revision record (Appendix A of the categorisation of defects) has also been updated, which identifies all the changes in this guide.

Read the revised Categorisation of Vehicle Defects document here.

Tyres over 10 years old tyres are banned on heavy vehicles and minibuses from 1 February

As of 1 February 2021, it is illegal to fit tyres aged over 10 years to:

  • The front axle of a goods vehicle with a maximum gross weight exceeding 3,500 kg
  • The front axle of a bus or coach - including minibuses (9 to 16 passenger seats)
  • The rear axle of a minibus with single rear wheels fitted

The new legislation covers England, Scotland Wales.

The Government announced the ban in July 2020, following a consultation which was instigated by a campaign by Frances Molloy to change the law after her son Michael died in a coach crash in 2012. Investigations found that the age of the vehicle’s tyres were a contributory factor.

What this means for vehicles at MOT

The new rules also apply to some vehicles that fall into the MOT scheme. These are vehicles with more than 8 passenger seats that are not used commercially and are not tested as PSVs. These vehicles are tested in MOT classes 4 or 5, so the test will change for them.

This means failures for tyres over 10 years old on the front axle of any vehicles with 9 or more passenger seats, and any single wheels of a minibus (9-16 passenger seats).

These vehicles will also fail if they do not display a legible date code on in scope tyres. When testing, each tyre will be checked to ensure it displays a date of manufacture or re-treading date.

Historic vehicles

Vehicles aged 40 years or older that are no longer produced, and have been maintained in their original condition, are exempt from the tyre age requirement.

Generally, these vehicles are highly maintained and travel at low speeds which reduces the road safety risk. But in any case, the tyres must be in a roadworthy condition.

This exemption does not apply if the vehicle is used for a commercial purpose.

The DVSA has published these changes in the Annual Test inspection manuals for passenger service vehicles and heavy goods vehicles. You can read Section 8 of the updated documents to find out how the procedures and standards on the condition of tyres will change from 1 February 2021. The manuals also give guidance on tyre age markings and set out the deficiency categories for these items at annual test. A change table listing all the changes in the manuals is also available to view.

A new way to sign into the MOT testing service

The DVSA is launching a new authentication smartphone app to log into the MOT Testing Service.

Chris Price, DVSA’s Head of MOT Policy, writes for the Matters of Testing blog:

“From mid-February 2021, you will be able to log into MTS using an authentication app on your smartphone. Once the app is set up, you only need to authenticate once a day, which will make it easier to access MTS.

The system will remember certain details when the authentication takes place. If any of these change, the system prompts you to authenticate again, much like a bank does.

So, if you change site location, such as visiting another garage, the system will prompt you to authenticate again.

As we rollout the app, we will stop issuing replacement and new security cards. So, from mid-February if you lose or damage your security card it won’t be replaced. From then, you will be able to login to MTS via email or by using the authentication app.

If you don’t have a smartphone, you can still log in by email or with your existing security card.

Why is this happening?

We’re making these changes to improve MTS security and make it easier to use.

Only having to authenticate once a day using the app or email will make accessing MTS quicker. Plus, new users won’t have to wait for a card before they can access the service.

When we spoke to testers about the changes, over half of them told us their preferred security method is to use an app.

Can I still login using my security card or via email?

Existing users will still be able to sign in via email or by using a security card, as long as the card is still working.

Once the app is set up, this replaces your security card.

New users will not have an option to apply for a security card. Login will be via app or by email.

What happens next?

Authentication by app will go live from mid-February and we will let you know before this happens.

As we rollout the app, we will remove the option for MTS users to order a new or replacement security card.”

You can read the full announcement by clicking here, which includes information on how you will be able to download the app once it is made live. You can also leave your feedback at the end of the article.