Latest MOT Updates


At Car Friend, your safety and vehicle’s health are our top priorities. With recent updates to MOT testing, it’s essential to stay informed about these changes and how they impact you. In this post, we’ll break down the latest MOT updates, what they mean for you, and provide tips to help ensure your car remains roadworthy.

Frequency of MOT Tests

The government has decided to keep the first MOT test for new vehicles at three years after registration, followed by annual tests. This decision maintains the current schedule, ensuring your vehicle remains safe without adding extra costs. For example, if you purchased a new car in 2021, your first MOT will be due in 2024, and then you’ll need to schedule it annually.

Why This Matters

Maintaining the current MOT schedule helps ensure that vehicles are regularly checked for safety issues, reducing the risk of accidents due to vehicle defects. This consistency helps you budget for MOTs and repairs, knowing exactly when to expect your next test.

Enhanced Emissions Testing

One of the significant updates involves improving emissions testing, particularly for diesel vehicles. The potential introduction of tests for particulate number (PN) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions aims to ensure that vehicles meet strict environmental standards throughout their lifespan. For diesel car owners, this means future MOTs might include more comprehensive emissions checks.

What It Means for You

Enhanced emissions testing ensures that your vehicle remains environmentally friendly, contributing to cleaner air and better health outcomes for everyone. If you drive a 2018 diesel car, for instance, your next MOT might involve more detailed emissions testing, ensuring your vehicle complies with the latest environmental standards.

Focus on Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Advanced Systems

With the rise of electric vehicles (EVs) and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), new MOT requirements are being considered to ensure these technologies function correctly. For EV owners, this might include checks on high voltage battery casings and charging cables. Additionally, cars with ADAS will need these systems checked and calibrated every five years by a qualified technician, with certification recorded in a national database.

Real-Life Example

Imagine your 2020 electric vehicle undergoing a check for its battery casing and charging ports during the MOT. This ensures everything is in top-notch condition, enhancing your safety on the road. For vehicles with ADAS, regular checks and calibrations ensure these advanced systems continue to operate correctly, providing you with additional safety and driving assistance.

Tips to Minimize MOT Failures

To help you keep your car in excellent shape and sail through your MOTs without a hitch, here are some practical tips:

  1. Regular Maintenance: Follow your car’s service schedule. Regular check-ups keep everything running smoothly and catch small issues before they become big problems. Regular oil changes, filter replacements, and overall inspections can prevent many common issues.
  2. Check Lights: Ensure all your lights (headlights, indicators, brake lights) are working. It’s a simple check but can save you from a failed MOT.
  3. Tyre Condition: Regularly inspect your tyres for wear and tear. Ensure they have the right pressure and enough tread depth. Properly maintained tyres improve safety and fuel efficiency.
  4. Brake Performance: Listen for unusual noises when braking. If something doesn’t sound right, get it checked out. Brakes are crucial for your safety and a common point of failure in MOT tests.
  5. Wipers and Washer Fluid: Make sure your windscreen wipers are effective and your washer fluid is topped up. Clear visibility is essential for safe driving.
  6. Emissions: If you drive a diesel, consider getting a pre-MOT emissions check to ensure it meets the required standards. Regular maintenance of the exhaust system can help keep emissions in check.

Why These Changes Matter

These updates are designed to ensure your vehicle is safe, environmentally friendly, and ready to handle the latest technology. By keeping your car in good condition, you help keep everyone on the road safer and contribute to a cleaner environment.

How Car Friend Can Help

At Car Friend, we’re here to support you with all your vehicle needs. Whether it’s a regular service, a pre-MOT check, or advice on maintaining your car, we’ve got you covered. Our team is dedicated to making sure your vehicle stays roadworthy and safe.


Staying informed about the latest MOT updates helps you maintain your vehicle better and ensures compliance with new regulations. If you have any questions or need to book your next MOT, feel free to contact us at [Your Contact Information] or visit our website [Your Website]. We’re always here to help, just like a good friend should be!

Thank you for being a valued customer of Car Friend. Let’s keep your vehicle in top shape together!

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