A TOUGH new MoT test comes into force today with fines of £2,500 – but nine out 10 drivers don’t know it.
The changes are the most significant in the 60-year history of the test and include stricter standards for diesels, and new defect categories for all cars.
From today, all cars going through the MoT will have their faults judged against new Minor, Major and Dangerous Defect categories – of which the latter two will result in an automatic fail. Cars with minor faults will pass the test, but their MoT certificates will clearly show that it passed with defects.
Drivers could be fined up to £2,500 if they are drive with an invalid MoT.
But breakdown cover provider Green Flag says 58% of drivers are unaware of the changes, while a whopping 89% are oblivious of the new fine figure.
And a quarter were unaware they will be fined at all.
According to the organisation 16 per cent of drivers don’t book their MoT in early, meaning that if it fails they have no time to have the vehicle repaired before putting it through the test again.
Green Flag’s Nick Reid said: “Driving a faulty car is a huge issue. Our research indicates that, under the MoT changes, the majority of drivers are going to get caught out. We are urging them to read up on the new rules and ensure that they book MoTs in early.”
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