After being delayed for a month, the new MOT training/assessments are due to start on 1st May. So you need to make sure you’re prepared.
We’ve broken down the points you need to be especially aware of and will be highlighting each over the next few days so you can be ready!
Which vehicle categories DO fall under Group B?
Dual Purpose Vehicles
These are best described as vehicles constructed or adapted to carry both passengers and goods of any description with an unladen weight (ULW) not exceeding 2,040 kg. There is a more detailed description in the link at the bottom of this post.
A motor caravan is a motor vehicle (not a living van) and constructed or adapted for the carriage of passengers and their effects for mobile living accommodation. They’re NOT classed as goods vehicles for MOT test purposes and are therefore in class 4 or 5 depending on their seating capacity, not their size or weight.
Yes, we had to double-check this too! When is a caravan not a caravan? When it’s a living van. Which is a vehicle either mechanically propelled or not and is used for living accommodation but can also be used to carry goods. Unlike caravans, they ARE classed as goods vehicles. And, as such are in either class 4 or 7 depending on their weight.
A play bus is a motor vehicle which was initially constructed to carry more than 12 people but is now adapted for the transport of play equipment for children.
An ambulance is a vehicle which is specially designed and constructed (not just adapted) to carry health and medical equipment permanently fixed to the vehicle.
A motor tricycle is a three-wheeled vehicle with wheels symmetrically arranged (no, not the yellow one used in Only Fools and Horses!). It has a maximum speed of over 45 km/h or engine size over 50 ccs.
There are varying weight restrictions that mean it could sit in class 3 or class 4, so do check.
A light quadricycle has four wheels, and a maximum unladen weight of 350kg, a max speed of 45 km/h and is not over 50 cc for a petrol engine or 4 kW for any other engine or electric motor.
At the next level, a quadricycle is a four-wheeled vehicle with a maximum unladen weight of 400 kg (550 kg for a goods vehicle) with a max net power of 15 kW.
A moped is a vehicle with a maximum speed of 45 km/h, not over 50 cc for a petrol engine or 4 kW for any other engine or electric motor.
More detail can be found here Introduction Point 2 in the MOT Manual
Look out for information on The disciplinary points system tomorrow…