MIL change

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Editorial -

In the re­vised MOT rules that ar­rived in May 2018, we be­came aware that any ve­hi­cle pre­sented with a per­ma­nently il­lu­mi­nated mal­func­tion in­di­ca­tor lamp (MIL) would fail the test and be given a Ma­jor marker for this, no mat­ter the age of the ve­hi­cle.

We’ve since be­come aware that, from Septem­ber 13, 2018, the MOT hand­book was slightly re­vised.

The DVSA have clar­i­fied the changes: “Af­ter con­tin­u­ally re­view­ing the stan­dards and feed­back fol­low­ing the launch of the new MOT in May 2018, we found the in­tro­duc­tion of the MIL check was prov­ing dif­fi­cult for some testers. In­tro­duc­ing these dates will en­sure con­sis­tency in the ap­pli­ca­tion of the test.

“The ve­hi­cle types listed be­low will be tested for MILS:

Petrol ve­hi­cles with 4 or more wheels, not more than 8 pas­sen­ger seats in ad­di­tion to the driver’s seat and first used on or af­ter 1 July 2003.

Petrol ve­hi­cles with 4 or more wheels, more than 8 pas­sen­ger seats in ad­di­tion to the driver’s seat and first used on or af­ter 1 July 2008.

Gas and bi-fuel ve­hi­cles with 4 or more wheels, not more than 8 pas­sen­ger seats in ad­di­tion to the driver’s seat and first used on or af­ter 1 July 2008.

Diesel ve­hi­cles with 4 or more wheels and first used on or af­ter 1 July 2008 will also need to be tested for an en­gine MIL.

Kit cars, am­a­teur-built ve­hi­cles and Amer­i­can pick-ups are not re­quired to be fit­ted with an en­gine MIL.”

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