What the new categories mean
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.