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The MOT inspection manual is changing from 20th May 2018- are you up to date?

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Big changes are coming to the MOT inspection manual. The manual as we know it will no longer exist. From 20th May 2018 the MOT manual will have a major update.

A draft version of the MOT inspection manual can be found here. Please note, once the new manual is implemented, the manual in document form will be removed.

Some of the big changes include:

  • There are now 4 separate defect categories: Dangerous, Major, Minor and Pass (Advisories remain). Where a tester identifies a defect, they will need to refer to the manual to ensure the correct decision is made.
  • The 9 sections will now be replaced with 11 sections.
  • The manual will be an online web service which will be easier to navigate and can be updated in real time and will ensure all MOT testers are using the correct and most up-to-date version.
  • The layout and order of the sections will change in order to align with the Directive EC 2014/45.

The new sections and sequence can be found below:

  • Section 0: Identification of the vehicle (number plates and VIN)
  • Section 1: Brakes
  • Section 2: Visibility
  • Section 3: Visibility
  • Section 4: Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
  • Section 5: Axles, wheels, tyres and suspension
  • Section 6: Body, structure and equipment
  • Section 7: Other equipment, (Seat belts, SRS, speedometer, horn, electronic stability control) Section 8: Nuisance (noise, emissions and environmental items)
  • Section 9: Supplementary tests for buses (including class 4 and 5 minibuses)
  • Section 10 Seat belt installation tests – not normally used
  • Appendix A: Structural integrity and corrosion
  • Appendix B: Tyre load index tables
  • Appendix C: Seat belt fitment tables

As an MOT tester you are responsible for keeping up to speed with the new rule changes and ensuring you stay compliant.

If you are unsure of the new changes and need guidance, we are here to help. We are offering a one-day training course on the changes to the MOT manual.

Call 020 8692 5555 or email for more information.

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