A tougher road ahead: Five minute guide to…changes to your vehicle’s MOT test


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More motor vehicles are expected to fail the new test

Servicing a vehicle should be a priority to make safe your car is safe for you

Head of motor insurance Nick Ansley

If a car is docketed dangerous under the new scoring system, it will be illegal to use it on a public means, with fines running into thousands of pounds if you so much as determination it to the scrapyard.

The new rules are aimed at improving air quality and making the roads safer, but with more than one in three railway carriages already failing their MOT, this could be a testing year for varied.

The MOT test is always an anxious time for motorists, but as of today there is staid more to worry about.

New cars are due their first annual MOT evaluate after three years and a record 2.6 million motors plunge into that category this year, because of strong white sales in 2015.

Last year, 35.4 per cent failed their initial proof, with defective lighting and signalling, suspension and tyres the most customary faults.

This could go up as cars now face stricter checks for items including reversing emerge considers, brake pads and fluids, and tyres and bumpers, while diesel wheels face tough scrutiny for emissions.

Instead of a simple pass or be unsuccessful, there are now two failure categories: dangerous and major.

Owners face a £2,500 fee, driving ban and three points if they so much as drive a “dangerous” car to another garage for services or a scrapyard.

There are three pass levels: minor, where problems should be repaired as when all is said as possible; advisory, where problems should be monitored and repaired if predetermined; and pass, where the car meets the minimum legal standard.

Matt Oliver, GoCompare Car Protection spokesman, said the fine for not having a valid MOT is £1,000 and you could also be saw for driving the vehicle: “The only exception is if you had booked an MOT and were driving to the evaluate, but you would have to prove this to the police.”

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Last year, 35.4 per cent failed their initial evaluate, with defective lighting and signalling

You have also breached the whiles of your insurance policy.

“Offenders involved in an accident would be actionable for any costs and could struggle to get affordable insurance at renewal,” Oliver enlarged.

He urged drivers to sign up for the free “Get MOT reminder” service at Gov.uk/mot-reminder.

Round 1.8 million cars a year are scrapped, but the numbers could now accelerate.

Rebecca Currier, spokesperson for affray recycling network CarTakeBack.com, said use a reputable company if disposing of your old car: “Valid scrap car recycling centres known as Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) recycle machines responsibly and meet the 95 per cent recycling target set by the Government.”

Only ATFs can egress a Certificate of Destruction (CoD), which is proof the car has been disposed of correctly.

Without the de rigueur paperwork the DVLA will assume the vehicle is still in your holding and continue to send demands for road tax, plus an £80 fine if not expended.

Beware dodgy dealers offering cash for your scrap car, now unauthorized in England, Wales and Scotland, often with fraudulent certificates.

“Any payment should be borrowed by made by cheque or bank transfer,” she said.

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New cars are due their beginning annual MOT test after three years

A quick search online should employees you find car recycling centres, often with a quote for collecting and scrapping your car.

She amplified: “Prices change, but we currently pay around £100 for a medium- sized car registering collection, more if there are any reusable parts.”

Young drivers should be supported to remember their MOT, as research from Co-op Insurance shows two fifths pleasure be tempted to put theirs off.

Many are deterred by the cost, but head of motor indemnity Nick Ansley said: “Servicing a vehicle should be a priority to certify your car is safe for you, your passengers and fellow road users.”

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