MoT 2018 rule changes – What is changing and how it will affect you

MOT rules are changing in the UK from May 2018. Here’s what is being changed and how it could affect you. 

The Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is making changes to the way the MOT test is carried out. The changes will take effect from 20th May 2018 and will affect the testing procedures and standards for MOT tests in England, Scotland and Wales.

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What are the changes?

An updated inspection manual for MOT testers



A new MOT inspection manual will be introduced. The manual will be used by authorised MOT testers across the UK. The government has issued a draft manual which highlights the proposed changes. Changes may still be made before the final manual is issued in May.

New defect categorisations

Each defect found will be categorised as either

  • dangerous,
  • major
  • or minor.
  • Manual advisories will no longer be given.

Dangerous and major defects will cause a car to fail its MOT test and drivers will be advised not to drive the vehicle away in its current condition.

Minor defects can be considered as being similar to advisories in the current test. A vehicle will still pass its MOT if it only has minor defects.

It is hoped that the changes will make it easier for motorists to see which areas of their vehicle need more attention.

Vehicle exhaust emissions checks

New limits will be introduced for vehicle exhaust emissions testing with lower limits for diesel cars.

Classic cars exemption

Some classic cars (vehicles over 40 years old) may be exempt from statutory MOT testing. To qualify for exemption, these older vehicles must be registered as a ‘vehicle of historic interest’ with the DVLA and should not be extensively modified.

Additional components listed

Several components have been added to the draft manual issued by the DVSA that must be checked during an MOT test.

These are:


  • Front fog lamps (fitted to vehicles first used from 1st March 2018)
  • Daytime running lamps (fitted as original equipment on or after 1st March 2018)
  • Reversing lamps (fitted to vehicles first used from 1st September 2009)


  • Steering gear casing
  • ‘Fly by wire’ steering systems


  • Endurance braking system (applies to larger vehicles such as caravans only)

Other equipment

  • Noise suppression systems (including exhaust silencers and under-bonnet deadening material)
  • Anti-theft device


Why are the changes being made?

The changes are being made to comply with the EU roadworthiness directive, which is a broad set of rules covering everything from the technical inspection of cars to the registration of vehicle documents.

The DVSA carried out public consultations to inform the changes made to the MOT testing system. It hopes that these changes will benefit both MOT testers and customers, by improving the structure of the test and making the results easier to understand.

Racingline product range extended

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APR Official release – ECU upgrade

APR is pleased to present the ultimate engine control unit (ECU) upgrade for the Q5 2.0T EA888 Gen 3 engine.

The APR Stage I ECU Upgrade is the first step towards making more power!

This simple upgrade requires no engine hardware modifications, and produces 288-299 HP with 363-374 FT-LBS of torque depending on fuel grade. Gains as high as 66-75 HP and 93-104 FT-LBS of torque are available throughout the power band, depending on fuel grade and factory output, making the vehicle exceptionally quicker in all scenarios.

Also fits the ROW Market A4, Allroad and A5. 

Ricci concept becomes a Scorpion red power performance exhaust fitting centre and supplier

Ricci Concept have teamed up with scorpion to offer the full range of automotive systems which can be supplied and also if required fitted here in Hull.

Scorpion exhausts have been helping to win motorsport championships for over 20 years, consistently beating teams heavily supported by rival exhaust manufacturers. Those who follow motorsport, will most likely have seen the Scorpion support team in attendance at a huge range of motorcycle, and four wheel series, often without even knowing it. As Scorpion moves into a new era, the intention is to adopt a higher profile with their motorsport program, providing the most relevant development environment to allow true technology transfer from track to road. In particular they intend to build on successes in the BTCC- 4 out of the last 5 championship winning teams have won with scorpion exhausts! Porsche Cup, VW Racing Cup, World Endurance, Time Attack and Superbike.

These craftsmen are the same engineers that build the race systems and the systems fitted to the road cars…. Share the excitement.

Give us a call to see what scorpion can offer for your car.



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