New MOT laws. What you need to know.


As most of you will already be aware the UK MOT will be changing. We have put together a comprehensive guide on what’s changing, when it comes in to force and what it means for you.  

The way that the MOT test works in England, Scotland and Wales will change from Sunday 20 May 2018. The changes will affect cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles. There is many changes such as new defect types, stricter rules for diesel car emissions, and some vehicles over 40 years old becoming exempt.

Below are 5 of the main changes. 

1. Defects Will Be Categorised Differently

Defects found during the MOT will be categorised as either:

  • dangerous
  • major
  • minor

The category the MOT tester gives each item will depend on the type of problem and how serious it is.

MOT testers will still give advice about items you need to monitor. These are known as ‘advisories’.

What the new categories mean

Dangerous - Direct and immediate risk to road safety or has a serious impact on environment. This would be things such as Decats, DPF Removal, bald tyres ect. The advice would be not to drive the vehicle until it has been repaired.

Major - may affect the vehicles safety and put road users at risk or have an impact on environment. This could include the same as above and a up to the discression of the MOT tester. The car would still fail however and advice would be to repair immediately.

Minor - No significant effect on the safety of the vehicle or impact on the environment. With a minor the vehicle could still pass but would be advised to repair as soon as possible as it could become more serious in the future. 

2. Stricter rules for diesel car emissions

There will be stricter limits for emissions from diesel cars with a diesel particulate filter (DPF).

A DPF captures and stores exhaust soot to reduce emissions from diesel cars.Your vehicle will get a major fault if the MOT tester:Check your car’s handbook if you don’t know if your car has a DPF.

  • can see smoke of any colour coming from the exhaust
  • finds evidence that the DPF has been tampered with

3. Some new things will be included in the MOT

Daytime running lights will be checked on vehicles first used from 1 March 2018.

Some new items will be tested during the MOT.

They include checking:

  • if tyres are obviously underinflated
  • if the brake fluid has been contaminated
  • for fluid leaks posing an environmental risk
  • brake pad warning lights and if brake pads or discs are missing
  • reversing lights on vehicles first used from 1 September 2009
  • headlight washers on vehicles first used from 1 September 2009 (if they have them)
  • daytime running lights on vehicles first used from 1 March 2018 (most of these vehicles will have their first MOT in 2021 when they’re 3 years old)

There will be other smaller changes to how some items are checked. Your MOT centre will be able to tell you about these.


4. The MOT certificate will change

The current MOT test certificate (left) will change to a new style (right) to list the new types of defects.

The design of the MOT certificate will change.

It will list any defects under the new categories, so they’re clear and easy to understand.

The service to check the MOT history of a vehicle will be updated to reflect the changes.


5. Some vehicles over 40 years old won’t need an MOT

Cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles won’t need to have an MOT if they’re over 40 years old and have not been substantially changed (PDF, 62.8KB).

At the moment, only vehicles first built before 1960 are exempt from needing an MOT.

When the rules change on 20 May 2018, vehicles won’t need an MOT from the 40th anniversary of when they were registered. You can check the date the vehicle was registeredonline.


If a car was first registered on 31 May 1978, it won’t need an MOT from 31 May 2018.You won’t have to apply to stop getting an MOT for your vehicle.

However, each time you tax your historic vehicle(even if you don’t pay a fee), you’ll have to declare it meets the rules for not needing an MOT.

We return to David Chalmers Photography

We visited our photographer again to work on our Christmas campaign and and our newly released Paragon Car Shampoo filled baubles! We met up to discuss a plan then met up a week later to make Christmas!  


Playing with special effects. 

Playing with special effects. 

We wanted some creative photography with the baubles sat in snow, surrounded by tinsel and real baubles and some effects on the image themselves to create warmth and a Christmassy feel.  Nothing was too much trouble for David and I think we can all agree that the photos look incredible! 



These amazing and unique baubles are available online now with free delivery!  


Merry Christmas 

Auto Elixir Team

Visit to David Chalmers Today

Today saw us visit David Chalmers at Woodend Creative Suite in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. We were after some lovely high resolution photography for our online store, our stockists and our social media platforms. Well what can we say other than David was absolutely fantastic, from start to finish extremely professional, friendly and helpful. He has some serious kit in his studio too!  


After discussion the options we went for the images on a white background with no reflections. This will allow us to superimpose the images and are perfect for printing. David quickly took the photos and edited them right away, we sat and watched the process and it was a form of art. Every last blemish was airbrushed out and all the lids shine was exactly the same on each bottle.  


For a treat David suggested we had a photo of the products in a group white a slight reflection under each one.  


Such a great effect and we are looking forward to expanding our range and bringing the whole range back for more packshots and some creative work we discussed.  


Overall if you are looking for product, location and any other business related photography we would highly recommend David. His contact details are as follows;


T. 01723 384554 


Product Photoshoot

Today we popped down to the beach while on holiday in Scotland. Decided to take a few products in the bag and get some high quality photos for the website and for print. The photos we took now adorn the website and social media platforms. 


The Beach in question is Singing Sands right up in the Scottish Westhighlands, Gortenfern in the Ardnamurchan. A stunning secluded beach with gorgeous white sand and striking rock formations. Perfect for some photography. 


Balanced on the rocks and looking over at the small isles in the distance. 


We plan on taking our products on holiday more often for some spontaneous photo shoots. So where next, Thailand, Dubai or The Maldives?  


Where would you take them?