What the new cat­e­gories mean

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Mot Changes -

Pass and Ad­vi­sories are self-ex­plana­tory. Mi­nor de­fects will still re­sult in the car pass­ing the ex­am­i­na­tion, although it is ad­vised strongly to have them reme­died as soon af­ter the test as pos­si­ble.

Some of these were classed as for­mer fails – or Rea­son For Re­jec­tions (RFR) – such as di­rec­tion in­di­ca­tor flash rate, or a trailer elec­tri­cal socket be­ing in­se­cure, but these is­sues will no longer fail the test. How­ever, a tester must itemise them, or else could face dis­ci­plinary ac­tion.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, Ma­jor de­fects are se­ri­ous faults, not dis­sim­i­lar to the pre­vi­ous RFR, which will cause the ve­hi­cle to fail. The most se­vere clas­si­fi­ca­tion,

Dan­ger­ous, means that the de­fect is so se­ri­ous that you are ad­vised not to drive the car. Fear­ful of le­gal reper­cus­sions, if you take the car away af­ter the test, the garage might even refuse to hand over the keys un­til the de­fect is re­paired.

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