If you've been happily ignoring a warning light because it's not checked in
the MOT you could be facing an MOT failure and an expensive repair bill in 2012
because of changes to the test.
The Department for Transport is adding a number of new mandatory test items to
the annual MOT from 1 January 2012 to comply with a revised European testing
VOSA, the government agency responsible for the MOT, has indicated that
'failures' relating to the new test items will be treated as 'advisories' in the
first three months. This means that if you have any of the following problems
with your car you've got until the first MOT renewal date after 1 April 2012 to
get it fixed.
Caravan and trailer electrical socket test
The change which may have the biggest effect on campers and caravanners is the new tests for towbar electrical sockets.
There will be a basic security/damage check of 7-pin sockets, but
13-pin sockets will be subject to a full electrical connectivity check and
incorrectly connected or inoperative circuits will result in failure.
Please be aware of these new tests if you have towbar electrics fitted.
Other new checks will include inspecting dashboard warning lights, telling
drivers if there is a problem with their airbags, tyre pressures, power steering
and main headlight beam.
Power steering will be subject to inspection with the MOT demanding a minimum
level of fluid. Anti lock brakes and electronic stability control systems will
also be checked.
The new checks will also ensure the new generation
powerful headlights do not dazzle oncoming motorists.
brakes, Electronic Stability Control, Electrical wiring and battery, steering
locks, Tyre pressure monitoring systems and others will all be included as well.
Towbars and the MOT Test
Since 27th April 2009 towbars and their attachment to the vehicle have been part of the MOT test. Read our article on
MOT changes here.
This article is meant only as a guide, and is correct at the time of publishing on
1st March 2012.
For more information, or if you have any questions, please visit the VOSA website or the DirectGov website
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