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DVSA is now getting near to implementing the new roadworthiness directive which follows on from recent Department for Transport (DfT) consultations. Most of the changes from this directive will need to happen in May next year, please see below an overview of what they expect to change.
What this means
The directive is a very broad set of rules that covers everything to do with the on road condition of vehicles. It will not mean huge changes, but there will still be changes in the world of MOT, including some positive steps to tighten-up the rules on emissions.
One of the changes related to the directive is how ‘historic vehicles’ are dealt with, which is something DfT consulted on.
As a result of this consultation, the government has decided that there will now be a ‘rolling 40 year old’ exemption from MOT, instead of the current fixed pre-1960 rule. However, this will only apply for those vehicles that have not been modified.
Changes to the MOT test
The directive will change how defects are categorized. From 20 May 2018, they will be categorized as either ‘dangerous’, ‘major’ or ‘minor’, to help focus drivers on what’s more important.
Dangerous and major defects
‘Dangerous’ and ‘major’ defects will cause the MOT to be failed. DVSA is still working on how to ‘make this look for drivers’ so that ‘the dangerous defects stand out on the documentation’. This is to make clear to the drivers that they should not drive the vehicle away in that condition.
Where ‘minor’ defects are identified, these can be considered along the same lines as advisories are today. DVSA is still doing some research on how these sit alongside some of things they currently issue advisories for, and how best to display this information to drivers.
DVSA is also considering ways of allowing observations to be noted that are not aimed at the car driver. An example of this might be if there was something like an undertray fitted that was stopping a tester from getting to parts that they would otherwise inspect. This could be useful information to have noted for an MOT appeal, but it would not appear on the notes given to the car drivers, because it is not information aimed at them.
The other area on advisories that DVSA is considering changing, is whether or not to move away from manual advisories – if all the ‘test related’ and other standard ones are available and easy to find. A more detailed blog post will follow, to make sure DVSA can get your feedback.
There will also be some changes to the emissions test that will lower the limits for diesel cars. This will mean some changes to diesel smoke meter settings or software. DVSA is currently working with the garage equipment manufacturers to enable them to get ready to do this work. DVSA will send further updates later this month, to give at least 6 months to schedule this work in.
The inspection manual
All of these changes will mean that the manual will change. DVSA has already received feedback on an early version from our VTS Council members, and they will make sure this is captured in the revised version, ready to be published shortly.
The directive will require DVSA to move to the standard EU vehicle categories, which will help to bring consistency, from vehicle approval through to on road use. However, they will keep to the MOT classes for garage authorizations for now.
Research with garages and customers
Finally, the DVSA’s blog reads, “We’re determined that the directive, and the changes it will bring, should make it easier for us to accurately record MOT results and provide information that will help drivers to look after their vehicles.
This means that we’ll need to do a lot of research with garages and their customers, so expect to see us out and about.
In the meantime, we’d appreciate your feedback, below in the comments section, so we can plan the way ahead.”
Link to the full, original online blog version – http://bit.ly/2yCFsYH