British drivers are being warned they could be fined up to £2,500 when new MOT regulations come into effect on May 20, 2018.

If drivers choose to book their vehicle in before their next test is due and fail, the driver will be penalised when the new regulations come into effect as the vehicle will be shown as no longer legal on the national database.

Points on your driving license and driving bans could also be handed out if the new rules aren’t followed.

The change in regulations includes the addition of new defect types – ‘minor’, ‘major’ and ‘dangerous’ – as well as tighter restrictions on diesel emissions and vehicles over 40 years old becoming exempt from the testing process.

RAC spokesperson Simon Williams said: “Rather than MOT failures simply being black and white, the new system creates the potential for confusion as testers will have to make a judgement as to whether faults are Dangerous, Major or Minor.

“This will surely be open to interpretation which may lead to greater inconsistency from one test centre to another. Motorists may also struggle to understand the difference between Dangerous and Major failures. The current system ensures that any vehicle with a fault that doesn’t meet the MOT requirements is repaired appropriately before being allowed back on the road.”

Cars given any major or dangerous faults will be failed immediately, as well as diesel vehicles emitting smoke from the exhaust. Stricter rules have also been applied for lighting around the vehicle, such as fog lights, daytime running lights and reversing lights.

MOT figures for 2016 showed that out of the 2.4 million cars tested for the first time, 15 per cent failed.

Jack Healy


April 3, 2018