Bedding in period extended for MOT changes

30th October 2012

The AA has warned motorists that changes to the MOT checklist may mean that a car which would previously have passed the test with flying colours may now fail.

In order to comply with an updated European testing directive, the Department for Transport (DfT) has added new test items to the MOT.

To begin, VOSA stated that the "new testable components" would be subject to a so-called bedding in period.

The AA now states that "changing regulations is taking longer than expected and VOSA keeps extending the ‘bedding in’ period for the new test items as a result.

"VOSA has now confirmed that the advisory period for the new test items will remain in place at least until the end of 2012."

This is no doubt good news for vehicle owners who are trying to ensure their cars are in a fit state to pass the test.

The main changes relate to cars which are wrongly displaying warning lights relating to various parts of a vehicle including the electronic parking brake.

In addition, monitoring systems which display tyre pressure in vehicles which were first registered after 1st January 2012 must be in good working order and should not indicate a problem. 

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Posted by Danielle Barge