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MOT “outdated and should be scrapped” says UK Think Tank

MOT “outdated and should be scrapped” says UK Think Tank

MOT, News
A new report by a UK think tank suggests that the MOT should be scrapped, as it is outdated and not relevant to today’s safer vehicles. The Adam Smith Institute believes that the opportunity to reform the test has been missed, and therefore drivers should not be subject to the cost of ensuring their vehicle is safe every 12 months. It is calling on the UK Government to consider scrapping the procedure. “As vehicle technology increases, annual safety inspections are rendered more and more useless,” states the report. “While the MOT has remained essentially unchanged for half a century, improvements in vehicle safety technology mean traffic fatalities have dropped to just 57% of what they were a decade ago.” Additionally, the report states that mechanical failure accounts for ju
Could ‘unscrupulous’ garages take advantage of new MOT rules?

Could ‘unscrupulous’ garages take advantage of new MOT rules?

MOT, News
Vehicle ownership and maintenance portal MotorEasy believes that new MOT rules could allow some unscrupulous garages to ‘hold drivers to ransom’. Under the new Driver and Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA) rules, faults found during an MOT are classified as either dangerous, major or minor, with official guidance suggesting that major faults should be repaired immediately and that cars with dangerous faults should not be driven at all until the problem has been fixed. This could mean that some motorists who don’t fully understand their rights may feel trapped into getting repairs done at the workshop where the MOT was carried out, with this also used as leverage by garages to charge over the odds. Garages have no power to stop motorists from driving their car away, regardless of
Alignment checks should be an MOT essential for ADAS vehicles

Alignment checks should be an MOT essential for ADAS vehicles

MOT, News, Wheel and body Alignment
Absolute Alignment, suppliers of OEM-approved Bluetooth and 3D wheel alignment equipment, champions Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) best practice – recommending that four-wheel alignment checks should now be part of the standard MOT for any ADAS-equipped vehicle. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems have been around for some time now – including lane change warnings, adaptive cruise control, autonomous braking and brake control. ADAS sensors rely on correct rear thrust angle, hence four-wheel alignment is now an even more important factor in road safety as a millimetric misalignment can result in ADAS errors. The public impression has traditionally been ‘the steering took a knock so the tracking should be checked’ but with ADAS it goes deeper than that. If any part of a vehicle
Updated emissions analyser from Snap-on

Updated emissions analyser from Snap-on

MOT, Products
As of 20 May your emissions analyser must be updated so that it includes the required specifications for Euro 6 standards. With this in mind, Snap-on is now supplying its DGA5000 emissions testing system – which includes the wireless DSS 10 petrol and diesel smoke meter – with the updates included as standard. This means that workshops buying a new analyser from Snap-on can do so safe in the knowledge that their purchase will have everything they require to get them ready for the new regulations coming into force. Existing DGA5000 units already in operation need a software update in order to carry the new specifications so Snap-on is supporting those customers by helping them through the process with step-by-step instructions and further telephone assistance if required. Re
Episode 3 – Matters of Testing

Episode 3 – Matters of Testing

MOT, Podcast
While the 'Beast from the East' hasn't stopped us recording, a cold certainly did a fortnight ago! The entire team has suffered and it is impossible to record without a voice. But we are back! This episode focuses on the MOT, changes that are coming up and the benefits of the 3-1-1 system which, thankfully, is to remain in place. Phil Curry and Lee Johnson present, with all the latest aftermarket news too.
March expected to be the busiest month ever for MOTs

March expected to be the busiest month ever for MOTs

MOT, News
New analysis released by Kwik Fit reveals that this coming month is set to break MOT records. March 2018 will see the largest number of MOTs carried out in any single month since the introduction of twice-yearly registrations in 1999. This peak comes because the new month sees cars, which were newly registered in March 2015, requiring their first MOT. 492,774 new cars were registered three years ago, the largest monthly figure since August 1998 (the last year before the switch from one to two new registration plates per annum). As a result, this month will see the biggest monthly increase in three-year-old cars in almost two decades. It is not only the growth in three-year-old cars which is going to cause increased demand for MOT appointments this month. Kwik Fit’s analysis of 22
Prepare for the new MOT with Euro Car Parts

Prepare for the new MOT with Euro Car Parts

MOT, Products
  Euro Car Parts is advising MOT stations to invest in new emissions analysers, to ensure they comply with changing legislation. Investment in a new machine now will enable repairers to reap the rewards when the latest emissions standards are introduced in May 2018. The requirement will take effect from 20th May 2018 and, while many MOT stations can update their existing analysers to meet EURO 6 requirements, it won’t necessarily put them in the best position. The cost of an upgrade could instead be put towards a new analyser, with a peace of mind warranty and service plan. To help repairers meet the latest requirements and invest in their business, Euro Car Parts is offering a five-year peace of mind package on emissions analysers from Premier Diagnostics, Crypton, Bosch
Co-operation is key, first hand experience

Co-operation is key, first hand experience

Blogs, MOT
Last week I ran into a problem. My car failed its MOT on a rather big issue - it didn't have a catalytic converter fitted. I know straight away what you're thinking, and yes I did check - turns out what looked like the cat was just a fake box around a de-cat pipe, and the previous owner failed to mention this fact. Anyway, as we all know, that's illegal and not the kind of thing I like, plus needing an MOT, I had to think money. However, the garage I went to, which I've been to a lot since I moved to my area, only deals with OE exhaust parts, as they don't have the equipment to customise. No worries, I worked with them, they suggested I see about buying a third-party cat and they would fit. They even found a part number for me. It turned up, I went down there, thinking 'great, jo...
First MOT to remain at three years

First MOT to remain at three years

MOT, News
The UK Government has decided against changing the first MOT date of new vehicles to four years after sale, following the outcome of a public consultation. Announced in the Budget of 2015, the move would have seen the current first MOT date of three years after registration pushed back by a further year. The announcement caused consternation within the aftermarket, with motoring bodies the RMI, GEA and IAAF amongst others reforming the Automotive Aftermarket Liaison Group (AALG) and launching the proMOTe campaign. The government has now published its response, in which it states that following comments from the sector and public, it will be abandoning its plans and instead keep the status quo. According to the document, a clear majority of responses favoured no change from the...
DVSA publishes new MOT manual

DVSA publishes new MOT manual

MOT, News
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will introduce a new MOT inspection manual to back-up changes in the test to be introduced in May 2018. The new draft manual covers class 3, 4, 5 and 7 vehicles and must be used by garages from 20 May 2018. A new manual for class 1 and 2 vehicles is currently being put together by the agency but is not yet ready for release. The new manual highlights a number of changes that garages need to be aware of. New defect categorisations include dangerous, major and minor defects, the latter of which must be identified and recorded, with the vehicle owner being advised to repair. The exact method of inspection will only be recorded where there’s a specific need, for example, brake performance testing or emissions. The DVSA advises test