Foray’s experts can help save bigger MoT bills

Drivers who fail to look after their vehicles could face higher MoT bills from January 1 as a result of revisions to the scheme.

The European Commission has changed the directive that covers the MoT for cars and light goods vehicles, which is mandatory annually after the third anniversary of a vehicle's first registration. Tests carried out on heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches will also be affected. The revisions mean more elements of vehicles will be subjected to testing and, if not in full working order, could bring significant bills and an MoT failure.

Elements being added to the MoT from January 1 next year are: Airbags, brake fluid warning light, catalytic converter, condition of all visible wiring, condition of battery, electronic seat adjustment motor, electronic parking brake, electronic stability control, high intensity discharge (HID) lamps, power steering, seat-belt pretensions, trailer/caravan electrical socket and tyre pressure monitoring system.

The new MoT rules apply retrospectively to vehicles rather than to those registered from January 1, 2012, when the tougher MoT kicks-in.

"Everyone agrees that the MoT is essential for road safety," said Kevin Graves, group service director for Foray.

"Modern cars and vans are much more complex and the changes reflect the vital importance of the new components. It's even more important that cars and vans are serviced by the people who know them best to detect early problems and with our intimate knowledge of Ford products, Foray Motor Group service workshops are the perfect place to ensure your Ford is ready to fly through its next MoT."