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New MOT Rules for 2012

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 directive.

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.
towbar electric MOT

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.

2012 MOT 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. 

Electronic parking 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 these previous MOT changes here.

More Information

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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