Had a look at the detail of the new MOT rules. Now classics seemed to have escaped the non-sense bureaucracy of the Sir Humphreys, alas other motorists haven't been so lucky.
If the tester declares a dangerous fault, you now not allowed to drive the car to another garage or back home to fix it. In the old days they took the commonsense view that the motorists had driven the car with incident up to then, so a few extra miles wouldn't be an issue. I haven't heard of that causing loads of accidents.
OK they have tightened up enforcement of an already existing law, so what? Well imagine how this can be abused by a nationwide chain of ripoff garages. All they have to do is find one dangerous fault, now the owner can't drive off and has to ether pay the ripoff repair charge or pay for the car to be lifted and taken elsewhere. I think the opportunities for abuse of the system are obvious. Especially considering this:
Dangerous defects will cause a car to fail its MoT as they pose "a direct and immediate risk to road safety or has a serious impact on the environment."
I have read car mechanic magazine that an oil leak could count as a dangerous failure. I can't image how an old A-series or XUD engine could pass under these rules, they always leaked a bit.
Since the old system worked perfectly well, why on earth did they decide to change it?