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Motorists need to do the basics to avoid MOT fails

29th May 2018
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Motorists need to do the basics to avoid MOT fails

The MoT has undergone some of the most significant changes of its near 60-year history, with the arrival of stricter standards for diesels, and new defect categories for all cars taking effect.

Motorists may no longer be able to drive their car away from a test centre to fix a fault, should something be classed as a dangerous defect – meaning a repair will be needed to be done by the test centre, or vehicle be towed away.

All cars going through the MoT test will now have their faults judged against new Minor, Major and Dangerous Defect categories, with Major and Dangerous defects causing a car to automatically fail the test. Cars with Minor faults will pass the test, but their MoT certificates will clearly show that the car passed the test “with defects”, urging owners to effect a “repair as soon as possible”.

Martin Mosley from FitAPart in Mansfield says motorists can avoid potential big, unnecessary, costs – simply by doing the basics “The basic things people should do is things such as checking their lights, wiper blades – that’s been the norm for years and years and years.”

“Just something as simple as three break lights not working would be classed as dangerous and if you get a dangerous you can’t drive your car away – so something simple can cause no end of problems for motorists”

“Make sure your car is well maintained, give it a service because emissions come into the MoT – it’s fair to say that not everyone is a petrol head, we’re always happy to check things such as bulbs, oils etc for you”

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