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VOSA MOT regulations from January 2012

 

I have put together a brief description of some of the new  MOT regulations, as you can see the vehicle diagnostic indicators play a bigger part in the test now.

Brakes

Advisory from January Fail from April

There is not much different here apart from (ESC) “traction control” and brake fluid warning light.
Condition including inappropriate repairs or modifications, operation and performance (efficiency test). Note the removal of the road wheels and trims are not part of the test. ABS or electronic stability control (ESC) where fitted. Check of the MIL for ABS, electronic stability control, electronic park brake and brake fluid warning.

Body or vehicle structure and general items

The test now includes the operation of the electrical socket for cars fitted with a towbar, the illumination of the speedometer  and worn or defective engine mounts.
Free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas. No sharp edges likely to cause injury. Towbar for security, condition, inappropriate repairs or modification. Correct operation of 13  pin electrical socket. Speedometer condition and operation. Engine mountings.

Electrical Wiring

The condition of a cars wiring will be inspected for damage this will be a visual check for chaffing, the MOT tester will not remove any parts for access.

Exhaust Emissions

If your vehicle has a decat pipe you will have problems as testers will now be looking for vehicles that have had their cat removed and they will fail the test.
Vehicle meets the requirements for exhaust emissions, dependent on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.

Lights

If your vehicle has (HID) High Intensity Discharge lights which are non standard the car will be likely to fail.
Condition, operation including HID and LED headlamps for cleaning, self levelling and security. Headlamp aim. Main beam warning light

Seat belts

Advisory from January Fail from April

Until now the airbag light was not part of the MOT, as of this month it will be included in the test this point will cause a lot of cars failing the test.
All the seat belts fitted are checked for type, condition, operation and security. All mandatory seat belts must be in place. Check of the malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) for air bags and seat belt pre tensioners.

Seats

In this part of the MOT the tester has to be able to adjust and lock the seat in at least three positions back and


forward it also includes electric seats.
Driver’s seat can be adjusted. All seats for security and seat backs can be secured in the upright position

Steering and suspension

Advisory from January Fail from April

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System is tested for cars 1st used from 1st January 2012.

Power steering fluid will now be checked, also the steering lock will be tested for correct operation. The tester will check for the presence of faults displayed in the vehicles system, these will include the tyre pressure monitoring system.
Condition, steering oil level, operation, a check for inappropriate repairs or modification including corrosion to power steering pipes or hoses. Operation of steering lock mechanism. Check of the MIL for electronic power steering and steering lock.

These are just some of the new regulations which will affect drivers there are also regulations that will have a greater impact on modified vehicles such as ride height and clearences between wheels and arches etc.

 

 


12 comments. Leave a Reply

  1. This is really useful for me. I really like this blog. It is much informative and helpful for me and for others. Thanks. Keep it updated as always! Cheers!

    • Hi Jordan,
      Thanks for taking the time to comment.
      Due to being so busy I have not had any time to spend on my website, however after taking on some help we should have more posts appearing soon.

      Richard

  2. AMJ

    JUST HAD MY CAR FAIL ON THE STEERING LOCK . EVERYONE WHO I TOLD COULD NOT BELIEVE IT . ONE EVEN SAID WHATS THAT GOT TO DO WITH SAFETY . PRICE FOR FIXING £200+ THATS AFTER FAULT DIAGNOSED WHICH WAS EXTRA . THE CAR HAD TO GO TO A MAIN DEALER SO NEW FULL MOT HAS TO BE PAID WITH TAKING CAR AWAY . MAIN DEALERS ARE GOING TO LOVE THIS.

    • I can only assume the steering lock operation is tested for functionality in case it activates whilst driving, however that is my opinion and I am trying to find the logic of incorperating it into the test.

      Thank you for taking time to comment

      Richard

  3. Best hid fog light for car

    I think HID lights ranging between 4300k- 6k will not be effected because their color matches to day light and provide better brightness then that of soft yellow halogen bulbs.

    • After market hid kits are not affected now however speculation is rife that vosa will look to tighten the regs on these.

      Richie

  4. It don’t get any easier does it? Still, I guess it is all in the interest of safety.
    Really useful post and a nice little blog Admin.

    • Darren
      with the ministry nothing is easy.

      Thank you for your comment

      Richie

  5. Colin H

    Can you post a link to these new regs? I’m on the verge of a build and it’ll be better to do it to the regs rather than alter things after.

    • Hello Colin,

      If you google VOSA MOT regulations you will find relevant information for the regs.

      Richard

  6. Richard Wills

    If your pretensioner has gone off can you replace the seat belt with a universal belt.

    • Thank you for your comment.
      The pre tensioner is part of the mechanism where you click the seat belt into, the air bag control module scans for the correct resistance from the sensors and pre tensioners, if the signal is incorrect it will display the airbag/srs warning on the dash.Therefore it is better to replace the pre tensioners.

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