Car owners set for tougher MOT tests from 2012

5th January 2012

MOT tests are set to become tougher under new rules being introduced by the Department for Transport this year.

The latest changes to the standard MOT check have been designed to cater to the number of advanced electronic features found in modern cars.

Under the plans, ABS anti-lock brakes will face further scrutiny, with checks now extending to electronic stability control settings and lights.

The new tests will also look at EST electronic stability programmes with electronic parking brakes, stability control, suspension, steering and lighting systems now facing examination.

Drivers’warning systems will also be closely monitored with headlight main beam, power steering, brake fluid, tyre pressure monitoring systems, air bag and seatbelt pre-tensioner lights facing scrutiny.

Under the plans, any part of a vehicle found to be faulty in one of the areas described before March 31st will be issued with an advisory item and asked to undergo repairs.

However, from April 1st, those vehicles found in breach of these checks will fail their MOT.

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