Drivers unaware of new MoT test

Half of drivers on UK roads didn’t know the MoT test had changed, and a further one in four claimed they didn’t know the new rules, according to research released by

In a survey examining driver attitudes to and knowledge of the new MoT test and its rules, the research showed:

  • 50% of motorists surveyed didn’t know that the MoT test had changed
  • 23% motorists didn’t know about the rule changes to the test before they arrived at the test centre
  • 19% claimed they were worried about the new changes
  • The DPF / admission test, under-inflated tyres and brake warning lights are the three MoT rules motorists are most likely to be aware of. Contaminated brake fluid is the least likely
  • For confused motorists, local garages remain a trusted source of information. A local garage is the second most likely destination for questions about a car, just behind the internet in first place

Speaking on the managing director, Scott Hamilton, said, ‘The change to the MoT test may be a few months old now, but there’s clearly still a lack of understanding of what the changes mean for some motorists. While half of drivers said they didn’t know the test had changed, we’re more concerned about the one in four drivers who don’t know the new rules.

‘Brushing up on your knowledge of the new test will save time, cost and hassle as you’ll be better informed before your visit to the local MoT test centre and this will increase your chances of passing first time.’