The number of cars failing emissions tests has more than
doubled since the new MoT introduced stricter emission rules on 20 May,
according to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).
Following the changes, more than 744,592 cars have failed
the emissions test. The cars have either been taken off the road or fixed, helping
to improve air quality. That compares to 350,472 cars failing the emissions
test during the same period in 2017.
Since 20 May, a total of 238,971 diesel cars and 505,721
petrol cars have failed the new emissions test. That compares to 58,004 diesel
cars and 292,468 petrol cars during the same period in 2017.
The new test has also seen a 448% increase in the number of
diesel vans failing. The DVSA’s figures show an increase from 3,585 in 2017 to
19,648 over the same period in 2018.
Since 20 May, a vehicle gets a ‘major fault’ if the MoT
- Can see smoke of any colour coming from the
- Finds evidence that the diesel particulate
filter (DPF) has been tampered with - it captures and stores exhaust soot to
reduce emissions from diesel cars.
A ‘major fault’ means the car must be repaired immediately,
and it then needs to pass an MoT retest. There is a fine of up to £1,000 for
driving a vehicle without a valid MoT.
Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA chief executive, said: “DVSA’s
priority is to protect everyone from unsafe vehicles and drivers. We are
committed to making a real difference to those in society whose lives and
health are blighted by poor air quality.
the new tighter MOT emissions test in May, nearly 750,000 vehicles have been
taken off the road or fixed.”