|MoT changes from 2012|
|Written by Administrator|
|Wednesday, 04 January 2012 22:13|
The Department for Transport is adding a number of new mandatory test items to the annual MoT from 1 January 2012 to comply with a revised European testing directive. The aim of the revised directive (2009/40/EC) is to harmonise minimum test requirements across Europe and make sure the test reflects the electrical/electronic complexity of modern car safety features... but how does this affect the average A-Series owner?
[Taken from the AA Website]
If you've been happily ignoring a warning light because it's not checked in the MoT you could be facing an MoT failure and an expensive repair bill in 2012 because of changes to the test.
VOSA, the government agency responsible for the MOT, has indicated that 'failures' relating to the new test items will be treated as 'advisories' in the first three months. This means that if you have any of the following problems with your car you've got until the first MOT renewal date after 1 April 2012 to get it fixed.
The main changes from 2012
Electronic parking brake
Electronic parking brake controls are now included and must be present and not inappropriately repaired or modified - repair obviously likely to adversely affect the roadworthiness of the vehicle or modification that has seriously weakened the component.
Electronic Stability Control
Checks of antilock brakes will be extended to include Electronic Stability Control if fitted. The tester will check for the presence and correct operation of the ESC malfunction warning light together with looking for obviously missing, excessively damaged or inappropriately repaired or modified components and electrical wiring, as well as an ESC switch missing, insecure or faulty.
As well as electronic parking brake and electronic stability control warning lights (where fitted) the MOT test will also include checks for the correct function of the following, where fitted;
Steering & suspension
The new test includes a check on the presence and correct function of the steering lock where fitted as standard.
Products on the lens or light source that obviously reduce the light's intensity or change its colour will become a reason for failure – applies to front/rear position lamps, registration plate lamps, stop lamps, rear fog and direction indicators,
Electrical wiring and battery
An insecure battery will be a reason for failure as will a battery that is leaking electrolyte.
Trailer/caravan electrical socket
There will be a basic security/damage check of 7-pin sockets,
Tyre pressure monitoring systems fitted to vehicles first registered after 1 January 2012 must be working correctly and not indicating a malfunction.
The vehicle will fail the test if any airbag fitted as original equipment is obviously missing or defective.
The car will fail if a speedometer is not fitted, is incomplete, inoperative, has a dial glass broken/missing or cannot be illuminated.
It must be possible to secure the driver's seat fore and aft adjustment mechanism in two or three different positions. On electric seats the motors must move the seat fore and aft.
A rear door that cannot be opened from the outside using the relevant control is a new reason for failure.
Inappropriate repair or modification to the towbar assembly will be a reason for failure if judged likely to affect the roadworthiness of the vehicle/trailer.
A catalytic convertor fitted as original equipment but missing will be a reason for failure.
Damaged or chafed fuel pipes will result in failure.
How does this affect A-Series owners?
There's going to be a big feature on this in next month's 2CVGB News, but the main additions to be aware of are:
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 January 2012 22:28|