Stricter MOT rules from November

in News · 02-11-2020 09:24:00 · 30 Comments

Stricter car inspection rules are now in effect, as of yesterday.

Among others, vehicle inspectors will be paying more attention to the kilometres on the vehicle’s clock, lights and polluting emissions. There will be greater control over the periodic checks.

The cleanliness of a car will also be taken into account, since a dirty car may see the vehicle fail its roadworthiness review.


Hi, I'm trying to get information on MOT's in portugal , we are moving there soon and have been told that my car won't pass their MOT because I have changed the break calipers "not standard" can some tell me if this is the case??

By Mr Leigh Wenham from UK on 05-05-2021 09:21

More power to you Diogo! You made me laugh... thank you.

By William from Other on 05-11-2020 05:00

Portuguese car prices are 3x higher than the UK. Car insurance is third party only after the vehicle is 8 years old (unless insured full comp at 7 years old, then you can renew).
I still don't understand how us Portuguese people can afford to purchase a nice car. It's pains me to drive my old crappy 2007 BMW which I have on a 10 year finance deal - without full insurance!!! If it gets stolen tomorrow I get zero compensation. I want to move back to the UK where I worked for 9 years and drove a lovely Kia brand new. But now brexit is causing me problems.

The inspection guys will pass anything with a steering wheel as long as the roll of cash is big enough.

At least the sun shines bright and my wife is super fit. My UK friends have rain and overweight pig-like partners!

By Diogo Nogueira from Algarve on 05-11-2020 11:44

I agree entirely with all the comments sent above

By Dennis from UK on 04-11-2020 09:29

I agree entirely with all the comments sent above

By Dennis from UK on 04-11-2020 09:27

If the government want us to drive electric, are they going to compensate us, so we can buy electric ?
Especially as we,ve all spent Millions on vehicles, that we already own.
The State of the roads, are the cause of most of MOT
failures, but they don't repair the roads, out of the extortionate taxes we pay every year ?
Think this is a Scam, to RIP us Motorists off once again, and expect us to put up with it.
Big Brother bossing us about again ?
Enough is Enough

By Paul Luckhurst from UK on 04-11-2020 09:06

What an idiotic comment Greg, shows how much you know. Motorcycles are not exempt are they?

By Dave from Other on 04-11-2020 01:53

Talking about pollution ! , greener environment ! , etc , all this could only be realised in the house where you live ! , you are responsible for your life at your provided home ! , Earth isn't the construction of any human being ! , whoever created Earth is taking care of it , it's the mother of human being , his return when passing away ! and his germination when time ia alright ! .
So please live and provide simple life to all others , leave Earth metamorphosism to it's creator . And be simple as human being , thanks .

By Mohammed from Other on 03-11-2020 10:02

Its a scam moving to electric, very soon hydrogen cars will be on the road, billions are being spent by the major manufaturers developing them, Its all to do with keeping the car industry in business.

By R jinks from UK on 03-11-2020 07:51

Makes me laugh state of the British roads potholes everywhere yet if my car needs hoovering it won't pass MOT are these irons so bored and overpaid or are they trying to make the illegal immigrants rich in the car wash
If I ran my business like these clowns I'd be bankrupt but I suppose when it's taxpayers purse never ending it matters not.
Please Boris sought these clowns out

By Shaun Hobson from UK on 03-11-2020 06:57

Relax, this is only in Portugal! UK mot changed a couple years back.

By Steve R from UK on 03-11-2020 06:30

M o t is a farse anyway. When we joined European union mots should only be done every 2 years. Best way to carb pollution is Stop bringing refugees in . England Is a Island.

By Ian Bailey from UK on 03-11-2020 05:57

My car is a diesel, 5 years old have passed its mot and now it needs servicing 48k miles on clock.
1 lady owner,bought new,.i pride myself on my car where it is axue hdi emission free in view of electric cars, what about the blind deaf, folk who have no knowledge about these cars on the road, can't hear them coming until youbare satvon the bonnet of said car.

By Jennifer Smart from UK on 03-11-2020 05:51

What a load of rubbish get the cars off the road that are illegal no insurance illegal tyres

By John from UK on 03-11-2020 05:15

Is this fake news or are things getting out of hand with this government?

By Lawrence Tkachuk from Açores on 03-11-2020 04:44

Here we go Again, the Motorist Is as Usual getting picked on & in the Fireing line. Motoring ???? Costs keep on Rising right under our noses &, the Road's keep getting Worse each day with Total lack of Maintenance, with the Stuffing being Knocked out of our Car's. Many drivers are Unable to afford this new Generation of Electric car's &, this Covid-19 ???? Pandemic Is putting a Lot of Struggling Families & people Out of work. Car owners in the UK Are Looked on As 'Wallets On Wheels & keep getting Stung. Please let us See something get done to Help Struggling Car owners + this Country's Economy to Recover ????!

By Glenn Young from UK on 03-11-2020 04:29

The push is for all electric vehicles on 'smart (controlled) roads' -not for safety & free running traffic but more about ultimate control of everything you do from getting in your car(computer driven) to getting back out & everything in-between, don't worry about planes too much as only the rich will be flying by that time anyway-im getting a ******* donkey!

By Steve from UK on 03-11-2020 03:30

This article was written in the PORTUGAL NEWS weekly newspaper to provide information to those who live in Portugal or who may own a Portuguese registered car ! The comments about rules & regulations of an MOT in the UK do not make sense! They would of course be different!

By Lesley Bouwer from Beiras on 03-11-2020 03:29

I think it's clearly says ???????? news not uk (kms) ????I'm not sure why it's come up on my phone, don't panic uk it's Portugal news if it's true.

By Wayne from UK on 03-11-2020 02:31

I have just bought a diesel car, which I will not be getting rid of anytime soon. This government told us to "go diesel" as these engines were much less damaging to the environment and people. Now we are being penalised for doing so and told to go electric, once everyone is electric, we will be penalised again by new taxation on these vehicles. Get real.

By J E Mottram from UK on 03-11-2020 11:05

Looking at the mileage much closer so HMRC can tot ur mileage up at the end of the year so nobody can claim as much of the 45p upto 10.000 miles ... look out tax return.

By Lee from UK on 03-11-2020 10:30

When is anyone going to look up? Aeroplane's toxin fumes falling on everything. We have more than 1per minute all day

By Carlo from UK on 03-11-2020 10:21

Try sorting out the roads.its the roads that are unsafe knocking hell out of a vehicles components.dont see how a dirty interior of a car affects the driving conditions.

By Douglas marshall from UK on 03-11-2020 08:45

Absolute ideats in control we need to man up before its to late

By gary ruane from UK on 03-11-2020 07:55

Seems they are forcing, Petrol and diesel cars off the road.

By tony from UK on 03-11-2020 07:52

This is false news

By David from UK on 02-11-2020 11:08

As an mot tester this is a load of rubbish

By Raab from UK on 02-11-2020 11:03

I service my car every year, look after it, alright it’s got 115k on the clock, but my car is in better condition and looked after better than some newer cars! Why am i going to be penalised?

By Sue from UK on 02-11-2020 10:13

Will the cleanliness of the driver also be taken into consideration?

As a farmer, my truck spends its entire life in a mud and dusty environment. I won't be cleaning it before the inspection.

Portugal is turning into a nanny state. Great.

By Barry Scott from Alentejo on 02-11-2020 04:13

When are they going to start testing motorcyles, they are equally capable of killing both the rider and pedestrians but ate allowed to be ridden regardless of the condition and the noise many of them make with broken or modified exhausts.

By Greg from Other on 02-11-2020 10:21
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