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New MoT Test Changes

New MoT Test Changes

A new EU directive concerning MoT tests come into force on March 20th 2013. The incoming legislation ensures that additional checks are performed on certain vehicle systems, as well as completely new checks - in response to advances in vehicle technology.

The changes are the result of an EU directive to ensure annual vehicle testing remains relevant and ensures safety on UK roads.

The vehicle systems which will be subject to more comprehensive testing include the brakes, steering, suspension and lighting

There will also be new checks on vehicle items including:

  • Electronic power steering malfunction indicator lamp
  • Brake fluid warning lamp illuminated or inoperative
  • Engine mountings
  • Speedometer


Cars, buses and coaches will be subject to the new vehicle checks when they come into force later this month, as will trucks and vans.

Vosa Chief Executive, Alastair Peoples, says: “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 at Vosa have worked closely with the industry to make sure they are prepared for the changes; and testers have been letting customers know about the new items at the MoT test for more than a year to make sure they are ready for the changes.”

The changes are already in place in Northern Ireland and the basic cost of a test will not be affected.