More cars scrapped following MOT changes
One of the biggest changes that affected most typical motorists during 2018 was the overhaul of the MOT Test. While the DVSA (the government body that manages the MOT Test) downplayed the changes from last May as being minor, the truth is that it was rather more complex to implement the EU Roadworthiness Directive into our domestic MOT rules. Yet, the transition seems to have been conducted with minimal (if any) disruption for the public, for which Test Stations and the DVSA have to be congratulated.
Generally, the changes have seen the MOT Test become tougher, not just for the testing stations, some of which are recommending that the maximum test fee is raised, but also in terms of vehicle tailpipe emissions. Prestige Motor Warehouse conducted research from 50 MOT Test stations across the UK between June and August and found that petrol car failure rates had risen by 12%, with diesels rocketing by 24%.
With illegal modifications that were made to diesel cars as a means of not replacing faulty anti-pollution diesel particulate filters, plus the emission limits being tightened (albeit not unreasonably), it is unsurprising that the first wave of failures have been so significant. It will be interesting to see whether this trend continues, or not.
In the short term at least, an increasing number of cars were reported to have been scrapped, with a spokesperson at Scrap Car Comparison commenting that his employer has received an increase in enquiries from owners wishing to scrap their cars as a result of an MOT Test failure. Again, we shall monitor the situation to see if it continues to rise.