Diesel MOT Test limit changes

Garage Equipment Association

On 20 May 2018 the new Roadworthiness Directive will introduce new MOT emission limits for some diesel vehicles. This includes the introduction of testing vehicles to the manufacturer’s plate value, when present, along with a new lower default limit for newer vehicles. Therefore the examiner will be prompted to look for the plate value first, before using the default limits.

Diesel Test Limit changesPlate value is the emission limit specified by the vehicle manufacturer and can be found on the vehicle manufacturer’s plate and normally outlined by a box. See image above, the box and value are identified by the red circle.

If the plate value is not available then the following default test limits should be used:

If the vehicle was first used before July 2008Non turbo2.5m-1 or plate value if lower
 “Turbo3.0m-1 or plate value if lower
If the vehicle was first used on or after 1 July 2008All diesels1.5m-1 or plate value if lower
If the vehicle was first used on or after 1 January 2014All diesels0.7m-1 or plate value if lower

To enable testing to these new limits, Diesel smoke meters (DSMs) will need to be updated by the implementation date. The GEA and its members have been working with the DVSA to produce a list identifying which DSMs will be provided with the appropriate update.

The list is available in the Technical Library area of the GEA website. www.gea.co.uk

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