MOT 20 new safety checks
Drivers face MoT failures and rising repair bills as EU imposes twenty ADDITIONAL safety checks on brakes, steering, and lighting
- Thousands of drivers who ignore dashboard warning-lights face the charges
- The European rule changes reflect the massive growth in in-car electronics
- New changes aim to establish minimum technical standards across Europe
Drivers who ignore dashboard warning lights face MoT failure or costly repairs from today.
Tough Europe-wide test standards come into force to catch up with the rise of in-car electronics.
There will be more than 20 additional checks on areas such as brakes, steering, suspension and lighting.
Thousands of drivers who ignore their dashboard warning lights for things such as tyre pressure and brake light checks, could face fines under the new Europe wide rules
The changes also include tyre pressure monitoring systems, xenon lights and airbag and seatbelt checks.
Andy Smith, the AA's patrolman of the year, said: 'If you've been happily ignoring a warning light because it's not part of the MoT, these changes mean your car could now be on the MoT scrapheap or you'll need to fork out on expensive repairs.
'While it could have costly consequences for someone running an old car on a tight budget, these changes are long overdue as airbags, for example, have been widely fitted since the mid-90s.
'It's important these systems remain safe and effective throughout the life of the vehicle.'
Drivers could face MoT failure or costly repairs as the tough new Europe-wide test standards come into force tomorrow, the AA has warned
The Vehicle and Operator Service Agency said the new regulations will not affect the basic cost of a test, which must be carried out annually on vehicles over three years old.
The changes aim to establish minimum technical standards across Europe and include basic checks such as the steering wheel lock and driver's seat adjustment.
The test will also cover: electronic power steering indicator lamp; brake fluid warning lamp; engine mountings; speedometer; seats; headlight beam warning lights; and electronic parking brake controls.
The new checks have been included in MoTs since the start of 2012 but on an advisory-only basis. From today any defects could mean a failed test.
Rory Carlin, of Halfords Autocentres, said: 'We have been preparing for these changes and offering advice to motorists for more than a year now in order to help them stay on the road and ensure the safety of the vehicles they drive. It is best to have your vehicle properly serviced before submitting it for a test.'
The MoT was introduced in 1960 by transport minister Ernest Marples. It costs a maximum of £54.85 for a standard car.