March MoT test changes

Posted on April 2nd, 2013 by Rob Marshall

motFurther items will be included within the MoT Test, from the 20th March. Most of these items cover systems fitted to newer cars but it has taken over a year for the EU directives to be transposed into UK law. Still, one has to keep bureaucrats in employment somehow…


Fortunately, the changes are not unreasonable and will not result in a great deal of extra work for the MoT Tester, meaning that the recommended fee, set by VOSA, should not increase, at least, in the short term.

While simple home checks before an MoT Test will reduce the chance of a failure, more confident DIY owners can go further, by incorporating the latest changes in their own checks, which are:

  • Headlamp levelling and cleaning devices, when fitted for HID or LED headlamps
  • Main beam ‘tell-tale’ warning lamp
  • Battery security (including batteries for electric or hybrid vehicles)
  • Electrical wiring and connectors for condition
  • Trailer electrical socket security and damage
  • Operation of 13-pin trailer electrical sockets, using an approved trailer socket tester
  • Operation of the steering lock (where fitted) including a malfunction warning in respect of an electronic steering lock
  • Electronic power steering malfunction indicator lamp
  • Electronic parking brake control and malfunction indicator lamp
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) components, including the switch (if fitted) and malfunction warning
  • Brake fluid warning lamp illuminated or inoperative
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) on cars from 2012
  • SRS components including airbags, seat belt pre-tensioners, seat belt load limiters and SRS malfunction warning lamp
  • Engine mountings for condition
  • Speedometer operation (although accuracy will be unchanged).

Required footbrake efficiency will also increase to 58% on cars used from September 2010 but the maximum permitted imbalance per axle is expected to increase from 25% to 30% from July. A further expectation will be for the country of registration to be added at some point next year.