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MOT Tips & Advice from Foster & Heanes

It’s a common misconception that electric or hybrid cars don’t require an MOT.
Like petrol and diesel vehicles, they need to pass an MOT to ensure they’re roadworthy. However, unlike petrol and diesel cars, they don’t require an emissions test.

This year, the MoT test is changing.

New defect categories will be introduced while diesel cars will be subject to stricter emissions rules. Here’s an explanation of the main changes:

Defects will be categorised differently

Under the new rules, defects found during the MoT will be categorised as either Dangerous, Major or Minor.

  • Dangerous: a direct and immediate risk to road safety or has a serious impact on the environment. Do not drive the vehicle until it’s been repaired. Fail.
  • Major: it may affect the vehicle’s safety, put other road users at risk or have an impact on the environment. Repair it immediately. Fail.
  • Minor: no significant effect on the safety of the vehicle or impact on the environment. Repair as soon as possible. Pass.

If you are looking to buy a used car, it’s advisable to check the service and MOT history of the vehicle. Knowing if there are any outstanding MOT Advisory notes for the car will help you to make an informed purchase decision, and perhaps will open up negotiations to buy at a better price if advisories do exist.

Introduced in 1960, an MOT is the ‘Ministry of Transport’ Test, an annual test of vehicle safety that is carried out by Approved MOT Test Centres. This is a legal requirement for most cars over three years old which are being used on public roads in Great Britain. Foster & Heanes is one of about 20,000 local car repair garages who are authorised to perform testing and issue certificates.


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