MOT test changes in May make it harder to pass

MOT test changes in May make it harder to pass

by Helen Jackson |
posted 30 January 2018

The MOT test changes have now been announced. From 20 May this year, vehicles will find it harder to pass their MOT. Read on to find out how it will be harder to pass, what can happen if you’ve not got a valid MOT certificate and how they’re cracking down on diesel cars.




How will it be harder to pass?

Not only has the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) introduced a new three-tiered failure rating – dangerous, major, and minor – but they’re also making it harder for diesel cars to pass due to their production of dirty emissions.

If your vehicle, unfortunately, falls into the ‘major’ or ‘dangerous’ categories, you’ll be immediately failed. Advisories will still be recorded for those falling into the ‘minor’ category.

How can you fall into the ‘major’ and ‘dangerous’ categories?

A draft of the DVSA’s MOT guide gives examples of when a vehicle would fall into each category:


A steering box leaking oil – this is a minor and is noted as an advisory but the car would likely pass its MOT


A steering box leaking oil that is dripping, this would be classed as a major failure


If the steering wheel was ‘like to become detached’, for example, this would be classed as a dangerous failure.

What happens if you don’t have a valid MOT?

You can be fined a hefty £1000 if you’re found to have been driving around without a valid MOT certificate. Therefore, it shouldn’t even be a risk you’re willing to take, aside from the fine, your vehicle could present a real risk to both yourself and the public.

You can check when your MOT is due on the website here.


Helen Jackson
Helen Jackson

Helen is part of the marketing team here at Money4yourMotors. Helen oversees a wide range of marketing activities including social media and content creation.