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DVSA considering MOT test changes for 'modern' cars


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Extract from media:

"MOT test changes could soon be launched by the DVSA impacting drivers with "modern" vehicles in the UK. 

In a blog post, the DVSA stated: “Whether we like it or not, modern vehicles have increasing levels of driver assistance systems – and on the even more modern vehicles, these are mandated. Inevitably as these become more common, drivers become more dependent upon them – so the question arises as to whether they should be in the MOT."

“As with all such things, the answer is not straightforward – and the answer will not be immediate. It is likely that any trial will be along the lines of checks we already have for emissions control systems or ABS – where we check the vehicle's own diagnostic information rather than actually check the system itself.”

A DVSA spokesperson added: “As the MOT develops, engagement and dialogue with the industry is key. This is an exciting time to be in the motor industry with the huge jumps in how technology is changing motoring – and the MOT will need to develop to remain at the heart of keeping vehicles safe.” 

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Regularly checking these systems could help ensure they're functioning properly, potentially preventing accidents caused by malfunctioning driver assistance features.

The testing process could raise awareness among drivers about the capabilities and limitations of these systems, encouraging them to use them responsibly and not over rely on them.As the DVSA mentioned, devising effective tests for these advanced systems could be complex and require specialised equipment. Implementing new tests might increase the cost of MOT inspections for both garages and drivers.Relying on diagnostic data could lead to situations where the system flags a fault even though there isn't a real problem.

There might be a need for standardised testing procedures across different car manufacturers and models. The testing methods should be adaptable to keep pace with the rapid development of driver assistance technology.

Overall, the inclusion of driver assistance system checks in MOT tests has the potential to enhance road safety. However, carefully considering the challenges and ensuring a practical and a definite cost effective approach will be vital for any successful implementation.:smile:

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Good grief if they tested the RSA in mine I'm pretty sure it would fail! :fear: :laugh: 

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Seems to me like a state of confusion and disagreement waiting to happen - not to mention exorbitant increases in MoT charges.  How many drivers will actually choose a number of “facilities” available to them?  How will the se facilities be selected for safety reasons, when owners may never use them?  It would be fine by me if unwanted facilities could be blocked from use, at an owner’s request, and possibly this make for a lower MoT charge.

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I am sure there would be enough MOT testing stations in Bradford and Birmingham that would ensure vehicles still pass.

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I think it is time they introduced an ECU checksum pass and fail and it surprises me that they have not done it yet. Such an easy thing to do and it would get rid of all the noisy pop and bang morons along with any modified systems.

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