From January 2012 a big overhaul of the MOT test will be implemented. The overhaul, which was announced by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, comes as the Government considers delaying the first MOT test until a car is four years old and extending the interval between inspections from one year to two. The tougher rules are being brought in to comply with EU requirements aimed at ensuring that the testing regime covers the latest innovations.
The new checks will include inspecting a series of dashboard warning lights telling drivers if there is a problem with their airbags, tyre pressures, power steering and main headlight beam. Power steering will be subject to inspection with the MOT demanding a minimum level of fluid. Anti lock brakes and electronic stability control systems will also be checked.
The new checks will also ensure the new generation powerful headlights do not dazzle oncoming motorists.
An AA spokesman said “the test is being brought in to make sure that all this new technology works properly, it means if you buy a nearly new car you will have to double check that all the warning lights are working properly, or you could be left with a hefty bill. The upside is that if you buy a car with an MOT you will know that these things have been tested properly.”