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New MOT Legislation Coming Into Effect

  • Friday, March 02, 2018

At ACC UK Ltd, multi award winning Independent Volvo and Toyota Service, Repair & MOT garage based in Farnborough, Hampshire, we like to bring you handy hints and tips on how to maintain your Volvo or Toyota and how to save money on your annual car running costs. We also like to keep you informed of changes to laws relating to driving and car ownership.

The blog this week is about some of the new MOT legislation that is coming into effect on the 20th May 2018. We will try to clarify some of the changes that will affect you in this blog.

MOT Test Centre

From the 20th May, any diesel car that has had its DPF removed or tampered with will instantly fail the test. We have seen many Volvo’s and Toyota’s in our workshop that have had their DPF filters removed once they have become blocked as it was cheaper than replacing it, if you are one of those who have you will now face an automatic MOT fail. Also, if during the emissions test and vehicle that is fitted with a DPF that gives out visible smoke of any colour will also be given a Major Fault and automatically fail the MOT. The limits in the emissions test have also been reduced for diesel cars.

Your reversing lights will be tested for the first time, and aftermarket high definition headlamp bulbs will be outlawed. Front fog lamps and daytime running lamps which are fitted to vehicles used from the 1st March 2018 will also be checked.

Your brake discs will also now be inspected to see if they are significantly or obviously worn along with checking if the brake fluid is visually deteriorated. The steering will also be checked looking also for leaks.

Classic cars over 40 years old will now be exempt from testing, too, providing they have not been extensively modified. You will need to register your car with the DVLA as a vehicle of historic interest.

The current system where you were given advisories on your MOT paperwork is to be replaced with minor, major and dangerous faults. Minor faults will basically be the same as the current advisory system and will not constitute a fail. However, vehicles with any dangerous faults are an automatic fail and cannot be driven away from the test until the repairs have been carried out.

Here at ACC UK Ltd, Winners of The Motor Trader Independent Garage of The Year 2015, The Inspire Customer Service Excellence 2016 Award and The Eagle Radio Customer Focus 2017 Business Award, we pride ourselves on offering an outstanding customer experience for a fraction of the cost of a dealership. Give us a call and let us quote you for your next service or repair on your Volvo or Toyota. We service all areas around Farnborough, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnham, Guildford, Frimley, Camberley, Hook, Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Yateley, Hampshire and Surrey. We offer free collection and drop off services. We also have a fleet of courtesy cars to allow you to get on with your schedule whilst your Volvo or Toyota is with us. Happy Motoring from all at ACC UK Ltd – Independent Volvo & Toyota

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