MOT Update – How has the DVSA Changed the MOT Regulations to Pass and Fail

The new MOT regulation came into force on 20th May 2018, bringing in many changes regarding the test and how cars are evaluated. These new regulations ought to make the British roads safer, with an improved checklist, stricter regulations, and an updated pass or fail system.

The Updated Rules

Now when you take your vehicle for an MOT in the UK, it will be categorised according to the new system, categorising the defects according to ‘Dangerous’, ‘Major’, ‘Minor’, ‘Advisory’, or ‘Pass’. These categories follow a pre-determined instruction set, classifying the faults according to their severity.

The older system used a simple ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ ranking. It was vastly inefficient for pointing out the importance of a malfunction. These new DVSA rulings will introduce a more transparent system where car owners will be able to better understand the result of an MOT test in the UK.

Let’s take a look at the new pass or fail regulation introduced by DVSA.

MOT Fails –

  • Dangerous – A ‘Dangerous’ fault will render your vehicle unfit for road use. Generally, it points to an issue with critical components like exhaust, oil leaks, brakes, chassis, etc.

If you drive your vehicle with a ‘Dangerous’ issue, you can be fined up to £2,500 and get three penalty points charged against your licence.

  • Major – A ‘Major’ fault also necessitates repairing the issue at the earliest. However, you can drive your car to a preferred service garage, and repair it there followed by an MOT test in Newark.

MOT Passes –

  • Minor – It indicates a malfunction that you should repair at the earliest. You will still be able to drive the vehicle, but if you do not get it fixed, it might automatically cause a failure in its next MOT Newark or anywhere else in the UK.

  • Advisory – ‘Advisory’ is issued when there is a malfunction in your car that might get worse over time. The MOT tester will ask you to keep an eye on that issue and repair it in case it gets worse.

  • Pass – A ‘Pass’ certificate shows that your vehicle meets all the regulations and requirements of an MOT test. It is in perfect condition for road use.


In case your vehicle fails in an MOT, and you leave it in the same service station for a repair, it will go through a partial retest after it is restored. It is done for free if the test happens within ten days of the 1st test.

You can also take your vehicle to a different garage, fix the malfunction, and take it back for a retest. If it happens within the next working day, it will be completely free of charge.

Ideally, you should always go to a reliable and trustworthy MOT test garage in Newark, or anywhere you live in the UK. Service stations like Farnsfield Auto Centre have a team of certified technicians who can perform an MOT in Newark and all the necessary repairs to fix any fault.

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