Consultation on the introduction of MOT test changes

Date published: 08 September 2017


The Department for Infrastructure today launched a consultation on proposed changes to periodic roadworthiness tests, including the MOT, goods vehicle and PSV tests.

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The proposed changes, which will see the introduction of EU Directive 2014/45/EU, will bring Northern Ireland in line with both Britain and the rest of Europe in relation to standards for roadworthiness testing.

The most noticeable changes will be the testing of reversing lights and forward fog lamps, where fitted.  Currently, reversing lamps and forward fog lamps, where fitted, are already required to be operational where a vehicle is used on a public road.  Until now, however, they have not been tested during MOT, PSV or goods vehicle tests. Some existing exemptions from testing for special purpose vehicles are being removed.

The consultation is seeking views on how best to introduce the changes.    The new provisions are required to be implemented throughout all member States by early May 2018.      

The consultation will run until 2 November 2017.  A copy of the consultation paper can be downloaded at: Consultation on proposed changes to periodic roadworthiness tests.


Notes to editors: 

  1. Directive 2014/45/EU replaces the existing roadworthiness Directive 2009/40/EC.
  2. These Directives are regularly updated in line with technical progress.  The UK is legally obliged to comply with the technical provisions contained within the Directives.
  3. Implementing the Directive will require changes to the legislative framework covering vehicle testing in Northern Ireland. The main amendments will be to the Goods Vehicles (Tests) Regulations (NI) 2003, the Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations (NI) 1999 and the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations (NI) 2000.    However, minor amendments will also have to be made to the Public Service Vehicle Regulations (NI) 1985 and the Taxi Licensing Regulations (NI) 2015. Similar changes are being prepared in Britain.
  4. All media queries should be directed to the Department for Infrastructure Press Office on 028 9054 0007 or e-mail:
  5. Out of hours please contact the duty press officer via pager number 07623 974 383 and your call will be returned.
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