2nd April 2024

DVSA have shared a new special notice this month including updates to the MOT guide and manual, along with new requirements to record annual training, battery draining issues with particular vehicles & errors with low diesel plate vehicles. Read further for more information.

1. Updates to the MOT testing guide and inspection manual

The MOT testing guide and MOT inspection manual: cars and passenger vehicles will be updated on 2 April 2024.

Updates to the MOT testing guide include:

  • recording annual training 
  • clarification of equipment calibration expiry

To see the full list of changes, select ‘see all updates’ at the top of the MOT testing guide and ‘see all updates’ at the top of the MOT inspection manual from 2 April 2024 onwards.

2. Recording MOT annual training

From 1 April 2024, MOT testers must record their annual training on the MOT testing service.

2.1 What’s changing

Testers are responsible for recording their training on the MOT testing service. 

You can only record your training for the current training year (1 April 2024 to 31 March 2025). 

You can add and view your training on your profile page on the MOT testing service.

2.2 Who the change applies to

The changes apply to:

  • all current testers
  • testers returning from suspensions or lapses

3. Battery drain on Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles following emission tests

Some MOT emission testing analysers can cause battery drain on certain models of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.

Any device which is connected to the vehicle’s OBD port must be ISO14229 compliant. This includes, but isn’t limited to, MOT emissions analysers.

The problem happens when the instrument panel cluster sees a functional request for a diagnostics service it doesn’t support, leaving it unable to go to sleep.

3.1 What you need to do

You should not use OBD connections for reading engine temperature and speed measurement on the following models: 

  • Land Rover Discovery
  • Land Rover Discovery Sport
  • Land Rover Evoque
  • Land Rover Velar (manufactured from 2018 to 2020)
  • Jaguar F-Pace
  • Jaguar XE
  • Jaguar XF (manufactured from 2018 to 2020)

You should only use the emission analysers approved dipstick oil temperature probe and speed measuring devices.

If the engine speed cannot be measured, you should use the vehicle tachometer (if fitted). 

If the dipstick temperature probe cannot be used, use the temperature gauge, cooling fan cut in or hot coolant hoses to check this. 

You must remove cosmetic engine covers if they can be easily unclipped.

If you do not do this it can cause drain issues on the vehicle which will not be covered under the vehicle warranty.

4. Low diesel smoke plate values

Some diesel vehicles are now being presented for MOT with low plate values, some are as low as 0.01.

You must add 0.05 to the plate value when entering on the smoke tester to prevent incorrect failures due to manufacturing tolerances.

For example:

  • a vehicle presented with a plate value of 0.01 enter as 0.06
  • a vehicle presented with a plate value of 0.1 enter as 0.15
  • a vehicle presented with a plate value of 0.5 enter as 0.55

We wouldn’t be surprised to see some of these topics appear in this year’s annual training & assessment! This year, with the new requirements to record your training, there is no better time to come to us for our annual training & assessment. We will be here to help you complete everything, pass & have fun!

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