Is it time to renew your MOT?
Friday 24th of August 2018
Is it time to renew your MOT?
When you next need your MOT in Cambridge consider the following.
If your vehicle is three or more years old then by law, every year, it must be assessed to check its safety, emissions and roadworthiness. This Ministry of Transport (MOT) test must be carried out by certified DVSA mechanics. Without a valid MOT certificate, it is illegal to drive in the UK, with fines of up to £1000, and it will invalidate your car insurance. If you are likely to need a reminder about booking your vehicle in for an MOT then let us know at Regency Autos and we will remind you.
You are allowed to have your vehicle tested up to one calendar month before the expiry of the existing MOT certificate whilst benefitting from preserving the anniversary of the expiry date. In other words, you wouldn’t need another MOT for another 13 months.
Before you have your vehicle tested, you can avoid having to have a re-test for some simple things by checking the following things yourself:
1. Do all your lights work?
2. What is the tread depth of your tyres? They should be at least 0.6mm. You can use a 20 pence coin to check this.
3. Is your tyre pressure correct and do your tyres have any signs of damage?
4. Do you have any significant damage to your windscreen? There must not be any damage larger than 10mm in front of the driver and no larger than 40mm anywhere else on the screen.
5. Have you topped up your screen wash?
6. Are your wiper blades working?
The test will also include a check of the steering, suspension, brakes, exhaust and seat belts.
If your vehicle does not pass, you will be given an estimate of how much the repairs will be and a time-frame for the work needed. If your vehicle needs a re-test, they are free at Regency Autos if we carry out the repair work within 10 working days.
Recent changes (from 20th May 2018) on MOT rules that you should be aware of…
1. Defects will be categorised into: a) dangerous; b) major; or c) minor
a) Dangerous defects will lead to an MOT fail as it means the mechanics have found a direct or immediate risk to road safety or has a serious impact on the environment. You must not drive the vehicle until it has been repaired.
b) Major defects will lead to an MOT fail. Repairs must be made immediately as the issues found may affect eh vehicles’ safety, put other road users at risk or impact the environment.
c) Minor defects signals that your vehicle has some issues which should be repaired as soon as possible but they present no significant effect on the safety of the vehicle or impact to the environment.
Even if your vehicle passes its MOT, you might also be given some advisories from the mechanics. These should be monitored and repaired if and when necessary as they might become a more serious problem in the future.
2. Diesel cars: if smoke is seen to be coming from the exhaust, or there is evidence that the filter has been tampered with then a Major defect will be recorded leading to an MOT fail.
3. Further tests will be carried out checking:
* Tyre pressure
* No contamination of brake fluid any fluid to see if it poses an environmental risk
* Brake pad warning lights and brake pads/discs
* Reversing lights on vehicles first use on or after 1/9/09
* Headlight washers on vehicles first used on or after 01/9/09
* Daytime running lights on vehicles first used on or after 1/3/18