As the UK Government considers extending the first MOT from 3 to 4 years, many people question whether this will damage the overall effectiveness of the test for emission components. This specific concern stems from figures showing that as many as 1 in 5 cars fail their first MOT.
MOT tests provide a standard to ensure the compliance and performance of emission components and offer early insight into areas of a vehicle that may require attention. However, despite higher quality standards than ever before, even the most premium manufacturers are not fully insulated from the risk of defects.
Emission components will invariably degrade during vehicle use, based on factors such as miles covered, geographic location and driving style. When an exhaust, CAT or DPF is showing signs of fatigue, choosing a quality replacement can solve the issue. A type-approved aftermarket component will typically offer a long service life.
Selecting high quality components when failure becomes apparent will ensure the preservation of the vehicle’s efficiency and performance. Therefore, an annual check-up is a sound principle.
By extending the test gap to 4 years, motorists have to bear the responsibility of compliancy. This may result in vehicles of a reduced quality on our roads as public knowledge of emission components is not widespread.
Klarius often introduces new, type-approved replacement emission products in response to market demands and opportunities. Available from FPS via same/next-day delivery, Klarius parts are catalogued on the F:Drive and MAM Autocat. For more information, please speak to your local FPS representative.