Half of British drivers are unaware that the MOT test has recently changed, according to a new study.
In a poll examining knowledge and driver attitudes towards the MOT, researchers found that a full 50 per cent of motorists didnâ€™t realise the test was toughened in May. A further 23 per cent knew there had been changes but didnâ€™t know what they were.
Since May 20, the test has featured tougher emissions testing, new fault and failure classifications and the a number of new checks, including for under-inflated tyres, contaminated brake fluid and faulty running lights. An exemption for cars more than 40 years old was introduced at the same time.
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Cause for concern
The research was carried out by aftercare comparison site MyCarNeedsA.com. Commenting on the survey, its managing director, Scott Hamilton, said: â€œThe change to the MoT test may be a few months old now, but thereâ€™s clearly still a lack of understanding of what the changes mean for some motorists. While half of drivers said they didnâ€™t know the test had changed, weâ€™re more concerned about the one in four drivers who donâ€™t know the new rules.
â€œBrushing up on your knowledge of the new test will save time, cost and hassle as youâ€™ll be better informed before your visit to the local MoT test centre and this will increase your chances of passing first time.â€
The study also found that nearly one in five (17 per cent) of drivers had knowingly driven a car without a vaild MOT.