Aspects of the MOT are to change from later this month as new European laws on vehicle roadworthiness come into effect.
The annual MOT will, from March 20, be expanded to include checks on parts of a vehicle already examined as part of the test, including brakes, steering, suspension and lighting.
MOTS for cars, vans, heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches will change as part of this Brussels-led directive designed to keep up with the ever-changing advancements in automobile technology.
Alastair Peoples, chief executive of the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), revealed that the MOT test needs to be updated every once in a while to ensure that it still accurately examines whether vehicles are fit to be in use.
He added: "We at VOSA have worked closely with the industry to make sure they are prepared for the changes; and testers have been letting customers know about the new items at the MOT test for more than a year to make sure they are ready for the changes."
Copyright Press Association 2013