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MoT test changes to be introduced this month

  • 04 March 2013
  • By Roger Brown

Changes to truck and van MoT tests in England, Scotland and Wales are set to be introduced later this month in response to advances in vehicle technology. 

The modifications, which will come into force on 20 March as a result of EU directive 2010/48, will mean extra checks for some of the vehicle systems already examined in annual vehicle testing such as brakes, steering, suspension and lighting.

The test revision will also result in new checks on several items including:

• electronic power steering malfunction indicator lamp
• brake fluid warning lamp illuminated or inoperative
• engine mountings
• speedometer

Cars, buses and coaches will also be affected by the changes to testing which are already in place in Northern Ireland.

The changes will not affect the basic cost of a test.

Industry is ready

Alastair Peoples, Vosa chief executive 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.”


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