Changes to annual vehicle testing

Published: 07 March 2013

Changes to annual vehicle testing
As new European requirements on roadworthiness take effect from 20 March 2013, MOT for cars and large vehicle tests are included in the changes.  The revised European legislation will introduce new requirements to annual vehicle tests to reflect advances in technology.
Additional checks will be carried out for some of the vehicle systems such as brakes, steering, suspension and lighting – the basic cost of a test will not 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 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.”
There will be new checks on a number of items including:
· Electronic power steering malfunction indicator lamp
· Brake fluid warning lamp illuminated or inoperative
· Engine mountings
· Speedometer.
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