New MOT testing rules will be brought in from Sunday 20th May 2018 which effect cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles.
From this date, defects found during an MOT will be categorised as either ‘dangerous’, ‘major’ or ‘minor’. ‘Dangerous’ is a new category which will be introduced.
Any defects found under the ‘dangerous’ or ‘major’ category will mean that the vehicle will fail the test it cannot be driven away from the garage until it has been repaired.
Anyone found driving a vehicle which has been classed as ‘dangerous’ can face a fine of £2,500 and three points on a driving licence.
Any minor defects will be recorded and the car owner will be advised to have them repaired.
During an MOT, vehicles will be tested on items including tyre inflation, fluid leaks, brake pads, reversing lights and headlight washers (if applicable).
Inspector Darren Breslin, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “Anyone driving a vehicle without an MOT certificate currently faces a fine of £1,000 from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).
“From 20th May, any vehicles with faults classed as ‘dangerous’ cannot be driven away from the garage without being repaired first. The vehicle could be a danger to the driver and other road users, so the advice from the DVSA is to repair the vehicle and not risk receiving a fine or points on your licence.”
A vehicle needs its first MOT at three years, and you can get a free MOT reminder by text message or email a month before an MOT is due by signing up at: https://www.gov.uk/mot-reminder