MOT test changes could make life difficult for diesels

Staff writer
A Volkswagen Passat CC car is tested for its exhaust emissions, at a MOT (Ministry of Transport) testing station in Walthamstow, London, as the software used in Volkswagen's diesel cars to trick emissions testers in the US was also built into its European vehicles, according to Germany's transport minister.
A Volkswagen Passat CC car is tested for its exhaust emissions, at a MOT (Ministry of Transport) testing station in Walthamstow, London, as the software used in Volkswagen's diesel cars to trick emissions testers in the US was also built into its European vehicles, according to Germany's transport minister.

A series of alterations are set to be made to the yearly MOT test from May, according to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). The tests will now group faults into three new categories, and will alter the requirements made of diesel vehicles – potentially making it more difficult for them to pass.

Defects will now be graded in three categories. 'Minor' faults will take the place of advisories on the current MOT test – small issues which do not prevent a vehicle passing its test, but should be seen to in the future.