New 2013 MOT regulations may affect your car’s next MOT. Vehicles must now go through a much stricter process designed to improve road safety for everyone.
Sunday Drive takes a look at the main changes.
The main changes relate to vehicle electronic safety and warning systems and vehicle construction and use. They will affect cars, light goods vehicles, heavy goods vehicles, buses and trailers.
The new test items will not apply to every vehicle as, depending on age and type, they will not necessarily have the systems fitted.
Another change is brake efficiency, changing from 28% to 58%. A large increase but to think your car would have passed an MOT at only 29% efficient braking is quite scary!
You will see little change to the current test system and there will be no increase in MOT test fees or the length of time of the actual testing.
Remember these new EU laws are here (for once) to help us have a higher safety standard. So it can’t be all that bad can it?
Dashboard management lights and warning lamps are now relatively common in all makes of vehicles. The following have been added to the list of checkable items:
• headlamp main beam and hazard warning lamps including switches
• electronic power steering and malfunction indicator lamp (MIL)
• steering and brake fluid levels including warning lamps
• electronic parking brake and electronic braking systems malfunction indicator lamp
• electronic stability control system including switch and the malfunction indicator lamp
• tyre pressure monitoring systems including warning lamps (only applicable to cars first used after January 2012)
• supplementary restraint systems including airbags, seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters
So how can you prevent a large MOT bill?
Simple measures like regular servicing will highlight potential problems.
Don’t put off getting that flashing warning light fixed, although your car may still run fine, warning lights on the dash are an instant failure and could lead to extensive diagnostic costs simply to get your car to the MOT centre.
Also, check when buying a used car if it comes with MOT test insurance as this could cover you up to a certain value for repair bills at MOTs, such as brake deficiency, steering suspension units, fuel injection system, windscreen motors.