The open consultation to have our FINAL input into th new MOT is due online any second now .
This is the Directive as it stood in 2014 when DfT started to tailor it to the UK
Texts adopted - Tuesday, 11 March 2014 - Roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers ***I - P7_TA-PROV(2014)0194
The most concerning part is acctual wording of unsafe modifiations "Unsafe modification means a modification that adversely affects the road safety of the vehicle or has a disproportionately adverse effect on the environment.
Other concerns Taken from my own notes at the time :- Other times MOT now required
4. Notwithstanding the date of a vehicle's last roadworthiness test, the Member State or competent authority concerned may require it to undergo a roadworthiness test ▌ before the dates referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 in the following cases:
– after an accident affecting the main safety-related components of the vehicle, such as wheels, suspension, deformation zones, airbag systems , steering or brakes;
– when the safety and environmental systems and components of the vehicle have been altered or modified;
– where the holder of the registration certificate of a vehicle has changed ;
– when the vehicle has reached a mileage of 160 000 km;
– in cases where road safety is seriously affected.
Thought out there is a strong and repeated reference to impact on the environment and unsafe modifications.
Unsafe modifications defined as “Unsafe modification means a modification that adversely affects the road safety of the vehicle or has a disproportionately adverse effect on the environment.”
Tinted windows fail
c) Unsafe modification(3) .Stability impaired, functionality affected, insufficient clearance to other vehicle parts or to the ground.”
Tyres not meeting original spec (d) Wheel size, technical design, compatibility or type not in accordance with the requirements(1) and affecting road safety.
insufficient load capacity or speed category for actual use, tyre touches other fixed vehicle parts impairing safe driving.
Illegal engine mods again rears it head
(h) Illegal power-train modification. X
As does ECU mods
6.1.9 Engine performance (X) (2) Visual inspection and/or using electronic interface (a) Control unit ▌ modified affecting safety and/or the environment. X
(b) ▌Engine modification affecting safety and/or the environment.
Asked for but not mandatory identification checks.
Exhaust fumes entering cab ( up to know more c&u)
(b) Fumes entering cab or passengers compartment.
Danger to health of persons on board.
Missing mudguards “
6.2.10. Mudguards (wings), spray suppression devices Visual inspection. (a) Missing, loose or badly corroded.Likely to cause injuries; likely to fall off. X X
(b) Insufficient clearance to tyre/wheel (spray suppression) .Insufficient clearance to tyre/wheel (mudguards). X X
(c) Not in accordance with the requirements(1). .Insufficient coverage of tread. X
Noise level tightening up. “
8.1.1 Noise suppression system Subjective evaluation (unless the inspector considers that the noise level may be borderline, in which case a measurement of noise emitted by stationary vehicle using a sound level meter may be conducted) (a) Noise levels in excess of those permitted in the requirements(1). X
(b) Any part of the noise suppression system loose, ▌ damaged, incorrectly fitted, missing or obviously modified in a way that would adversely affect the noise levels.Very serious risk of falling off.
DfT may well have changed some of theseb y now but only by checking the Consultation will we know if there is still something that needs fighting.