Dirty cars will fail MOTs

in News · 10-07-2020 15:04:00 · 27 Comments

New rules for car MOTs that will come into force in November 2020 will make the periodic inspection of vehicles more demanding and rigorous.

Among new rules is that cars must be clean when taken for the routine inspection or they will fail.

According to the new rule, published by the Institute of Mobility and Land Transport (IMT) in the Government Gazette, "whenever the cleanliness impairs observations during the inspection, the vehicle must be failed (…)”.


The new rules for car, mot's, is absolutely stupid, your car has to be clean, are we taking our cars to a garage for, mot's,,, or into a hospital,, all for the snobs again, it's different when key workers are needed for there cars,, no one complained then,,

By Kirk roberts from UK on 12-07-2020 07:54

Just making it more difficult to keep your vehicle on the road.. some of us can't afford brand new vehicles or don't want finance to buy.. when you live far away from the nearest town or city your vehicle is going to get dirty . who ever was the Muppet who thought this one up is totally off their head

By ANDREW EMMS from UK on 12-07-2020 12:02

That is a very good proposal,its not right that the advisor must be exposed to all the trash and dirty cars.

By Karen Kotze from UK on 12-07-2020 09:30

It's getting more time consuming MOT text
It already takes 45/60 min .for Mot .
No good ......

By Taimur Hussain from UK on 12-07-2020 09:15

Depends on how dirty, as some of us dont have a place to park our cars to clean them, outside our property, so paying for a clean is a bit pricey, having a vehicle on the road is pricey enough.

By Barbara from UK on 12-07-2020 06:10

Bog off

By Rrrttt from Lisbon on 11-07-2020 11:54

What a load of garbage how can a dirty car the unsafe on the road which is what the MOT is all about

By A M Perry from UK on 11-07-2020 09:15

This is ridiculous this country is turning into communist Russia this whole thing is getting childish and outrages this is not the right way to go about things

By Brad welty from UK on 11-07-2020 07:58

Great idea should cover both outter and under side

By TERRY BARRETT from UK on 11-07-2020 07:05

I work in the motor trade and its about time this came into force. some peoples cars are disgusting

By Shaun from UK on 11-07-2020 06:47

Another stealth tax and burotic nonsense, what next if it's not had a full valet inside it will also fail. I have never heard anything so ridiculous, if it was April 1st I would thought this was an April fool's joke.

By cameron hodder from UK on 11-07-2020 04:13

Why change it when it ain't broke stealth tax

By Barry Phillips from UK on 11-07-2020 02:26

Tories making rich richer and poor poorer.

By ANGUS G BENNISON from UK on 11-07-2020 02:14

just another way of geting money allways car drivers

By Mr W J Adams from UK on 11-07-2020 02:14

I am totally agree with that .vehicle should be cleaned and good presentable

By Abdul Rauf from UK on 11-07-2020 01:57

What I think they should check the vehicles mechanically. It should be safe on the road.
After this there could be new regulation, the driver have to take shower before he go for MOT.

By Khaled from UK on 11-07-2020 01:14

What a stupid idea, if we need to have a clean car/van. Then we need to demand the garage mot inspector to have clean hands. First sign of oil on hand then he must clean his hands. I don't think many mot garages will fail you on how dirty ur car is, its mechanical defects that fail.

By Joseph Kelly from UK on 11-07-2020 12:53

Car as to be clean goverment loosing there mind half the cars on the road have dodgy mot sort tht out 1st lol

By rs from UK on 11-07-2020 12:43

always been the rule.

By Matt from UK on 11-07-2020 07:41

A mot is to make sure the car is safe and road worthy and to keep down the emissions as in pollution ,, so really don't know how a dirty car would full into any of those categories and another way to try and get cars off the road and make more money for garages on retests ,, so no reason to include this in a test ,,

By John from UK on 11-07-2020 07:09

What a load of b******. How does a dirty car make it unsafe? To many screbs pushing pens around in office.

By Mick from UK on 11-07-2020 04:13

Cars will fail an mot if dirty? What if you are barely surviving in life and live in a tower block where a hose pipe is not available? So is the government gonna lower the price of car tax so poor people can afford the exhaustive prices it cost to get your car washed ? I can understand the reasoning behind this but this is a government going beyond its power and encroaching on our civil liberties surely !

By Robert Kitchin from UK on 11-07-2020 03:14

Load of rubbish. Just another way you want to make money

By Shahid from UK on 10-07-2020 10:56

just more pushing down on the motorists

By Stephen Thomas from UK on 10-07-2020 08:42

Let's test and try that in the EU courts. From the country I come from, the annual inspection of cars has been exempted and the monopoly has been abolished. The rules now comply with EU law and do not mention a word about "dirty" cars. Can not wait that moment when someone put that in some paper. Really. Waiting that stupidness like given free million.

By Juha Malinen from Lisbon on 10-07-2020 08:32

My car is 2003 RCZ7075 what happens next on October

By Tommy from UK on 10-07-2020 07:55

That must be a joke - right?
So many cars are fuming like 19th century steam trains and this people are concerned about the cleanliness of a car inside? What about taking all this ancient smoke throwers off the roads? The politicians who dreamed up this bit now should seek professional help!

By Tom Randony from Algarve on 10-07-2020 06:25
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