Tougher MOT test rules come into force in Britain

May 20, 2018

Major changes to MOT test rules in Britain have come into force making it harder for cars, vans, motorbikes and other light passenger vehicles to be passed as safe to go on the roads.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) says the shake-up has been designed to improve air quality and make roads safer.

Twenty-eight people were killed and 413 were seriously injured in accidents on Britain's roads in 2016 when a vehicle defect was a contributory factor.

Defects found during the new MOT are now categorised as either "dangerous, major or minor", depending on the type of problem and how serious it is.

Both "dangerous" and "major" defects are fails, whereas a "minor" defect is counted as a pass but should be repaired as soon as possible.

 

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