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New MOT Rules Set to Make Motoring Safer

New MOT test rules come in to play tomorrow that will see faulty warning lights, seats and other minor defects leading to increased safety for motorists but an increase in annual running costs.

The new strict rules are all part of the bigger plan to bring Britain into line with the rest of the European Union.

The AA have expressed their concerns ahead of the changes and expressed their concern at the additional expenses motorist will face; “If you’ve been happily ignoring a warning light because it’s not part of the MOT, these changes mean your car could now be on the MOT scrap heap or you’ll need to fork out on expensive repairs,” said Andy Smith, the AA’s patrolman of the year.

“While it could have expensive consequences for someone running an old car on a tight budget, these changes are long overdue as airbags, for example, have been widely fitted since the mid-nineties.

“It’s important that these systems remain safe and effective throughout the life of the vehicle.

A typical modern car has 40 or more computers and a level of technical sophistication a world away from that seen in the early 1990s when the MOT test last underwent a major revision. These changes are important and help bring the MOT test in line with 21st century car technology.”

It’s not the more overt mechanical workings of the car that will be subjected to the heightened criteria of the new MOT test; interior dashboard lights will be checked along with electronic tyre pressure monitoring systems, which became compulsory on all new cars being made from January 2012 onwards.

Car seats, manual and electric operated, must now be able to be moved forward and backwards, to ensure that drivers can reach the pedals okay.

Other additional areas of concern that motorists should be aware of includes airbags, electronic stability controls, the speed dials and the catalytic converter.