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How the EU Roadworthiness Package affects the MOT

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The European Union Roadworthiness Package has now been published in the Official Journal of the EU. The package is made up of 3 directives; and the part that affects the MOT test is the Periodic Technical Inspection (PTI) Directive (our MOT/annual test).

Firstly, there have been some concerns from garages about earlier drafts of the directive, which stated that carrying out ‘testing’ and ‘repairs’ in the same garage wouldn’t be possible. This has now been addressed and the revised directive allows DVSA to approve garages to carry out both MOT tests and vehicle repairs.

This directive comes in to force on 20 May 2014 with implementation dates starting from May 2017 to 2023.

Here are the latest dates and changes for the relative aspects of the directive:

20 May 2017

  • Necessary changes to domestic legislation complete to enable the directive changes to take place

20 May 2018

  • Updated test content
  • Introduction of minimum competence requirements for new testers and refresher training requirements for all testers
  • EU Commission to adopt rules under Delegated Acts on access to technical vehicle information required for PTI
  • The use of tailpipe or OBD for emission inspections under certain conditions for Euro 5 or 6 engines. Euro 5 tailpipe or conditional OBD (On Board Diagnostics), Euro 6 free choice between tailpipe or OBD
  • Minimum content and compliance with harmonised Union codes for the roadworthiness certificate
  • Rules on deficiencies

- Minor – no re-test required
- Major – re test
- Dangerous – the Member State may prohibit the use of the vehicle on public roads

  • Potential use of electronic vehicle interfaces for electronically controlled systems: ABS (Anti lock Braking System) , EPS (Electronic Power Steering) etc

30 April 2019

  • Commission to report on the inclusion of light trailers and two and three wheeled vehicles in the Directive

30 April 2020

  • Commission report evaluating the introduction of an electronic vehicle information platform to exchange vehicle specifications with car manufacturers plus test results and odometer readings with other Member States
  • Commission report on this Directive with regard to harmonisation, effectiveness of the provisions on the scope, the frequency of testing and mutual recognition and re-registration of vehicles in other Member States

01 January 2022

  • 2 and 3 wheeled vehicles above 125cc (categories L3e, L4e, L5e and L7e) to be tested unless exempted by the Member State and replaced by alternative road safety measures
  • Provisions to be decided by each Member State (Frequency, test items and test method)

01 January 2023

  • Compliance with the minimum provisions for supervising bodies

20 May 2023

  • Compliance with minimum requirements for testing facilities and equipment


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