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Stricter MOT Test Fails More Than Double the Number of Vehicles

Even more interesting to note is that petrol is, and always has been the biggest MOT failure when it comes to emissions. Last year 292,468 petrol vehicles were refused an MOT due to emissions violations; that compares to just 58,004 for diesel.

Earlier this year the MOT rules changed, not only were faults recategorised but extra checks were added, one of the most significant new additions were the more stringent emissions tests. If there was smoke of any colour emerging from the exhaust, or if the diesel particulate filter (DPF) had been tampered with, or removed your vehicle would fail straight away.

Since then the increase in the number of polluting vehicles being fixed or taken off our roads has more than doubled to a whopping 744,592 since the changes. During the same time frame in 2017, only 350,472 were failed by testers.

Even more interesting to note is that petrol is, and always has been the biggest MOT failure when it comes to emissions. Last year 292,468 petrol vehicles were refused an MOT due to emissions violations; that compares to just 58,004 for diesel.

Dirty diesel increasing

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However, clamping down on emissions has helped to fix or remove 238,971 diesels from our roads from just May 20th to November 19th this year. That’s over four times the amount since last year, and seeing as diesel particulates have been linked to numerous health issues around the world that benefits all of us.

Another diesel figure to note is the increase of 448% in diesel powered vans failing these stricter tests; only 3,585 were caught in 2017, that’s now jumped to 19,648.

Those numbers might seem like a big increase, but failure rates for both petrol and diesel have remained roughly the same. 34.7% for petrol, opposed to 35.7%, and 33.8% for diesel compared with 33.7% in 2017.

This all adds to the Governments ‘road to zero’, a strategy announced in July this year to set out the path to low and then zero emission road transportation. The current aim is to become a world leader when it comes to zero-emission vehicle technology by 2030, they’ve got a lot to do in 12 short years, and air pollution is seemingly an ever increasing pubic concern.

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Across the country, many towns face air pollution that is above the World Health Organisations recommended limit, but those numbers have been falling over recent years.

London’s pollution levels are always called into question, however from 2013 to 2015 the level fell from 17 to 11 micrograms. Manchester and Swansea remain some of the worst affected with a level of 13, the WHO’s limit is just 10.

Fine particle pollution may be falling, but the UK’s asthma death rate is on the up, last year 1,320 people died in England and Wales, that’s up 25% on ten years ago. According to the ONS 17 children died from an asthma attack in 2017, an increase of five from the previous year.

Not all of these can be attributed to cars failing their MOT’s on emissions, but small changes across our nation will result in better air quality for all of us.

MOT-less cars on the rise

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Sadly, the number of vehicles without an MOT but still on our roads has been rising steadily over the last few years. That can mostly be blamed on the abolishment of the paper tax disc. The majority of people had their car tax and MOT in sync; when your car needed taxing, you required an MOT. It was that simple.

With the digitised system and paying road tax monthly you may not get sent a reminder, which means you’re more likely to forget you need one.

Driving without an MOT can mean a £1,000 fine, but thankfully there is an MOT reminder service that works by entering your vehicle registration and an email address. After that, you can check your car's MOT due date and set up invaluable reminders. 

Make sure your car remains legal, or your wallet could end up feeling a lot lighter.

Check your car's MOT due date

Anyone ever heard of or attempted to contact the DVSA? I bought a used car 6 months ago, it was MOT'd and taxed for 6 months as part of the deal. I subsequently transferred my personal plate, all correctly done, all paperwork. There was a note attached to the authorisation which informed me that the MOT Certificate would not be replaced, the chassis number identified the vehicle, along with the transfer documents and registration doc. Yesterday I attempted to re-tax my car online, using the reference number supplied on the renewal reminder as instructed. I was unable to proceed, because DVLA records indicated my car didn't have a current MOT. It supplied a telephone number of the DVSA (which I've never heard of), to phone in the event of a valid MOT being in force. I rang this number, but after the usual 10 minutes of going through all the available options and listening to recorded advice, (check the expiry date of your MOT etc), the call was abruptly ended with something along the lines of "thank you for your call, we hope we've been able to answer your question"! I then telephoned the DVLA. They informed me that it's the DVSA who collate MOT records and in my case they'd obviously forgotten to notify the DVLA. They confirmed that there was no record of the MOT under the old vehicle registration number either. They said there was nothing they could do to rectify the error, I had to contact the DVSA. They were only able to give me the number I'd already 'phoned, and didn't have an email address for the DVSA. The Post office gave me an email address for the DVSA, and I've emailed them, but haven't yet had a reply, so I'm going to email them again. I was told me that if I went through a vehicle recognition camera I might receive a fixed penalty notice in the post for no MOT if the error isn't rectified. Can you imagine trying to fight that one? !!!

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DVSA is what used to be known as VOSA so it IS a legitimate outfit. not sure why you havent had the call answered. perhaps its best to take all the paperwork to the post office and get them to sort it out. as for ANPR systems flagging up as no MOT then as you have the correct MOT and you (or DVLA) WILL have a record of the change of plate, fighting it should be relatively easy.