Changes to MoT test
New European requirements on roadworthiness testing will mean that there will be changes to the content of annual vehicle tests from January next year. From 1st January 2012, revised European legislation will introduce new requirements to annual vehicle tests to reflect advances in technology. The changes include additional checks for some of the vehicle systems already examined such as brakes, steering suspension and lighting.
There will also be brand new safety checks on the increasing number of on-board electrical safety systems, including electronic stability control, but these new elements will not fail the test in Britain until later in 2012. This will give vehicle testers and owners time to prepare for the new test items.
Tests carried out on cars, vans, heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches will be affected. Vehicle and Operator Services Agency Chief Executive Alastair Peoples said:
“The MoT test is designed to make sure that a vehicle is fit to be on the road and so it needs to be updated to reflect new vehicle technology. We have worked with the industry to prepare them for these changes to make sure that the measures are introduced in the least burdensome way possible.”
New checks will be included on a number of items including:
• Anti-lock braking systems / Electronic stability control systems
• Tyre pressure monitoring systems
• Supplementary restraint systems including airbags and seat belt pre-tensioners
• Electronic power steering systems
• Electronic parking brakes
These changes are a result of European legislation.