Posted by: motorvationsaab | June 15, 2018

New MOT Regulations.

DVSAAs of 20th May 2018 the new MOT regulations came into force.

We have had several discussions with our customers as to how the new regulations may affect them.  As a responsible garage we feel that you should be aware of the current legislation. We are posting this so as to give everyone a brief summary of how this may affect you.

Defects found during the MOT are now categorised as follows :

  • Dangerous
  • Major
  • Minor

What do the new categories mean ?

Dangerous.    A direct and immediate risk to road safety or has a serious impact on the environment. Do not drive the vehicle until it’s been repaired. Result : Fail

 Major.            It may affect the vehicle’s safety, put other road users at risk or have an impact on the environment. Repair it immediately.                       Result : Fail

Minor.              No significant effect on the safety of the vehicle or impact on the environment. Repair as soon as possible.                                         Result : Pass

 Advisory.        It could become more serious in the future. Monitor and repair it if necessary.                                                                                        Result : Pass

 Pass                It meets the minimum legal standard. Make sure it continues to meet the standard.Pass.                                                                  Result : Pass


If your vehicle has failed its MOT with a recorded “DANGEROUS DEFECT”, It is now ILLEGAL TO DRIVE ON THE ROAD, and as such SHOULD NOT be driven away from the garage.

HOWEVER, we cannot, legally withhold a customers vehicle. The most we can do is advise you, the customer, of the risks involved as a result of driving your vehicle from the garage until your vehicle is repaired.

If you are caught driving your dangerous vehicle on the road, you can face prosecution and be liable for the following penalties.

  • You may receive a fine of £2,500.
  • You may face being banned from driving.
  • You may receive 3 penalty points on your driving licence.

Once a vehicle has a dangerous defect at MOT, it is instantly recorded with the DVLA Database, and is ILLEGAL to drive on UK roads.

if you wish to remove your vehicle from the garage, we will ask you to sign a form to confirm that you understand the legislation and possible penalties, and that we have made you aware of the situation with regard to your vehicle.


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