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NO AIRBAG IN STEERING WHEEL
|Q||If my car doesnt have an airbag in the steering wheel but has a passenger one and there is no light showing up while the car is running. And I dont have an airbag light come on when only my ignition is turned on. Will my car fail its mot |
If an airbag was originally fitted in the steering wheel then the vehicle will fail the MOT if that airbag is missing or defective.
MOTORHOME WING MIRROR
|Q||I want to replace the longarm wing mirrors on my Fiat Ducato motorhome with the shortarm alternative. I have a rearview/reversing camera and want to reduce the 80cm the mirrors add to the vehicles width.|
I have been advised by Fiat that fitting a shorter arm might cause an MOT failure though.
A vehicle will fail the MOT if the offside drivers side mirror does not provide an adequate view to the rear of the vehicle or is incapable of being adjusted to provide an adequate view.
FIRST MOT DUE
|Q||This is my first car. It was 2 years old when I bought it. I had no reminder for an MOT, so I didnt know when it ran out. Im overseas at the moment and my car is at the airport. How long does it take for a fine to come through, if I got caught by a camera I will take it straight to the test centre when I leave the airport. Will I get fined if I get stopped|
New cars require their first MOT by the third anniversary of their registration, therefore if your car will still be less than 3 years old when you return to the UK you can drive it legally. If your car will be more than 3 years old, you will only be able to drive it legally to a pre-booked MOT test.
REAR FOG LIGHT HAS WHITE BORDER
|Q||My rear fog light shows a slight white border as the lense has dropped, will this pass a mot |
The reasons a mandatory rear fog light would fail the MOT are:
a. missing, insecure, obviously incorrectly positioned or does not face to the rear
b. inoperative or less than 50 of the light sources illuminating
c. obscured so that less than 50 of the lamp illuminating surface is visible from the rear
d. not visible from a reasonable distance due to excessive damage, deterioration, or having products on the lens or light source
e. shows other than a steady red light to the rear
f. adversely affected by the operation of any other lamp.
BRAKE CYLINDERS AND SHOES
|Q||Hi. My car failed its MOT due to brakes imbalanced across an axle. I was told car needed new rear cylinders and shoes at 320, i haggled the price down to 200 on a price match. When i got the repair sheet it only mentions that the brake shoes have been replaced, does this mean the cylinders are part of the shoes or that possibly the cylinders have not been fitted|
Cylinders and shoes can be bought as part of a kit, so it is possible the full repair has not been recorded accurately on the sheet. You should call the garage and ask them.
OBTAINING QUOTES FOR MOT REPAIRS
|Q||My vehicle has today failed its MOT. I have decided not to have the repairs done at the testing station; due to the vehicle I would rather get quotes from more specialised garages. Is it legal for me to drive the vehicle to and from these local garages to get quotes for work They are unable to quote without seeing as some of the fails are due to chassis welding. Or will it need to be taken on a trailer Many thanks.|
You should use a trailer to take the vehicle to garages for quotes. If your tax has expired you should also obtain a SORN for the vehicle.
EXHAUST BACK BOX
|Q||Will I fail an MOT if I have an aftermarket backbox for my exhaust|
Not in itself, however if it causes any of the following issues, the vehicle will fail:
1. The exhaust system is not adequately supported.
2. There is a major leak of exhaust gases from any part of the system.
3. A catalytic converter or particulate filter is missing where one was fitted as standard.
4. A silencer is in such condition, or of such a type, that the noise emitted from the vehicle is clearly unreasonably above the level expected from a similar vehicle with a standard silencer in average condition.
5. Exhaust fumes entering the drivers or passenger area.
HEADLAMP CONVERTERS FOR LEFT-HAND DRIVE CAR
|Q||Are headlamp converters used on a left hand drive enough to pass a UK MOT test |
Yes. Section 1.8 of the MOT manual states that masks or converter kits may be fitted to right hand dip headlamps to temporarily alter the lamp for use in the UK by removing the beam kick-up to the right. A headlamp altered in this way is not a reason for rejection, if:
a. the headlamp aim is not rejected for the reasons listed under diagram 1 except that the top of the beam image will be a straight line
b. the light output is not unduly reduced - not usually a problem with commercially produced kits
c. the mask or converter is securely attached.
RE-TEST AT DIFFERENT MOT CENTRE
|Q||I took my car for mot but am not happy with the result. Can I take it to another garage without telling them about the other mot|
Yes. You will have to pay another fee for the new test.
IS A SORN NEEDED WHEN TAX DELAYED BY MOT REPAIR
|Q||My car has been in the garage for service and MOT since last week. Im waiting on parts as it failed the MOT due to a problem with the headlamps sockets. My tax expires tonight. Do I have to have my car SORN or just wait for the repairs to finish and get the MOT certificate and then pay the tax. Thanks.|
You must make a SORN if your vehicle is not taxed. The quickest way to apply is by phone or online.
ILLUMINATION OF INSTRUMENT PANEL
|Q||I explained to the garage people before mot that the instrument panel|
Lights go off sometimes but then come back on does this mean my car had to be failed . Also there was no advisory last year at same garage about brake hoses being a problem , this time it says they are excessively deteriated . Can this be possible in a year
Section 6.7 of the MOT manual states that a vehicle will fail if the speedometer cannot be illuminated. If the instrument lights are off whilst driving, even for a short time, the speedometer will not be illuminated for that period. This would be a safety hazard.
|Q||My MOT expires on 1st March 2018, my MOT is booked for 2nd March 2018. can i drive my car as normal up until 2359 on 1st March |
Yes. You can drive your car until 23.59 on the day the MOT expires.
|Q||Sir Madam. I am out of the country my car is in a non eu country. I have kosovo insurance for the car in Kosovo.Can I sorn the vehicle and re tax and Mot the car when I get back to UK.|
UK-registered vehicles that are exported temporarily 40;for less than 12 months41; remain subject to UK law. That means you have to make sure your car is taxed and has a valid MOT, as well as having insurance. You will also need to make sure you meet the international conditions for licensing and taxing.
A SORN only applies to a car that is being kept 39;off the road39; the UK. If you bring your vehicle back to the UK untaxed you cannot drive it back into the UK - it will have to be transported and a SORN must be made straight away.
|Q||are indicators needed|
Yes. The Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 states all cars should have direction indicators.
SIDE INDICATOR VISIBILITY
|Q||do side repeaters have to be visible from the rear|
Section 1.4 of the MOT manual states: Where vehicles are fitted with a wraparound lens with no European approval markings. These can be tested by standing approximately 1000mm to the side of the vehicles rear bumper with the indicator on. If amber light can be seen coming through the front lens not a reflection this is acceptable.
BOOT CANNOT BE OPENED FROM OUTSIDE
|Q||My INSIGNIA boot wont open from the outside. Can access internally to release. As it is secured would this pass a MOT|
The bootlid or tailgate needs to be secured in the closed position to pass the MOT. The tester will need access to the boot to check for corrosion, check the spare tyre, etc.
LEAKING BRAKING SYSTEM
|Q||Offside rear braking system leaking would it pass a mot |
A leak in any part of the braking system would be a reason for failing the MOT.
TAXING A VEHICLE CLOSE TO MOT EXPIRY
|Q||My MOT is due on 2 March can I tax the motorhome on 1 March its been SORNED since Octoberi dont want to waste a months tax when it wont be used |
In theory, a vehicle can be taxed if it has a valid MOT on the day you apply for the road tax. I assume you are taxing the motorhome because you intend to drive it and therefore will be getting a new MOT certificate for the vehicle. You are allowed to drive a vehicle with a SORN on a public road to travel to or from a pre-booked MOT appointment, so you have the option to do this and tax your motorhome once you have the new MOT certificate.
|Q||If my front and back indicator are working but my side one is not will my car pass its mot|
No. If fitted it must work if the car is registered after 1986
MOT Retest Fees
|Q||Hi. My car failed MOT. I paid for MOT 40. The garage want to charge me again full MOT price for retest. What to do They are saying it is company policy. |
Retest fees are policy and not law. Too late now but take it somewhere else next year and check the retest fees first
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