Changes to MOT and other vehicle tests

Date published: 20 May 2018

A number of new things are being tested during an MOT to bring Northern Ireland into line with GB and European standards. There is also a new-style MOT certificate.

New testable items

The new testable items during an MOT are:

  • reversing lamps on all motor vehicles first used after 1 September 2009
  • front fog lamps (where fitted), and daytime running lamps on all motor vehicles first used after 1 March 2018 
  • a visual check of brake fluid for potential contamination
  • the engine malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) on the dashboard instrument panel

There's more information about the MOT at this link:

New-style test certificate

The new-style MOT certificate will include:

  • the odometer (mileage) reading from the previous year
  • a list of any minor defects which are not serious enough to result in a test fail but which should be repaired as soon as possible 

Other changes to vehicle tests

Also, all vehicles built on a goods vehicle chassis, which were previously exempt from any sort of testing, now have to pass a goods vehicle test. These vehicles include:

  • mobile cranes
  • electric goods vehicles
  • vehicles with special equipment fitted 

The same will apply to other specialist vehicles like breakdown vehicles and tower wagons, which previously just went through a routine MOT.  

Fast motor tractors which are built with heavy goods vehicle features and are used for commercial haulage more than 15 miles from their base will also need to be tested as goods vehicles.  

This will not affect the majority of agricultural tractors used on farms – it will apply only to a small number of tractors used in very specific circumstances.  

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