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 testers to familiarise themselves with the new manual to be ready for changes when they arrive on 20 May. Completing the annual training and assessment before the date of implementation will also help testers to prepare.
Testers can also find regular update in the authority’s Matters of Testing blog.
The DVSA has also announced it will publish 19th edition of the in-service exhaust emission data will be published on 1 February 2018. You’ll be able to find the data on the government website.
From this date, until a garage’s exhaust gas analyser (EGA) database is updated, any vehicle listed that doesn’t pass the basic emissions test, must be tested using the limits shown in the 19th edition. These may vary from those in a current EGA database.