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American Vehicles

Q About my american ford mercury cougar XR7. The rear indicator lights are combined with the stop lights and as such flash red. When I press the brake and indicate at the same time the lights flash intermediate. That was their build, but is that a PASS or FAIL in the UK

Name: Black Bob   Town: Edinburgh


A 
Your vehicle will Fail an entry from a previous question answered by the DVSA No They do not American imports often have dual function lamps, where the indicators may be incorporated with the position lamps or stop lamps. This aspect of the test is covered in Inspection Manual IM, under Section 1.4 Direction Indicators and Hazard Warning Lamps and 1.2 Stop Lamps. brbrSection 1.4 states that Vehicles first used before 1 September 1965 may have direction indicators incorporated with stop lamps, or combined with front or rear position lamps, in which case front indicators may be white and rear indicators red. Due to the age of the vehicle in question, it will fail the test unless the rear indicators are converted to amber. The legislative basis for this requirement is contained in the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 amended.This is not the first time that our attention has been directed to red rear indicators on post1965 American vehicles with a clear MOT test history. As we dont know what condition this vehicle was presented in previously, theres no telling whether a tester has missed anything but two wrongs dont make a right the presenter has been lucky in previous years but will have to accept that these will fail the MOT test in future.American vehicles with red rear indicators, while not a common sight on British roads, are widespread enough that any tester not familiar with the requirements for direction indicators should be advised there is no exemption for any vehicle to have red rear indicators if it was first used on or after 1 September 1965.


American vehicles

Q Do test stations have the discretion to pass historic American vehicles

Name: Pete   Town: Southport


A 
No - They do not American imports often have dual function lamps, where the indicators may be incorporated with the position lamps or stop lamps. This aspect of the test is covered in Inspection Manual IM, under Section 1.4 Direction Indicators and Hazard Warning Lamps and 1.2 Stop Lamps.

Section 1.4 states that Vehicles first used before 1 September 1965 may have direction indicators incorporated with stop lamps, or combined with front or rear position lamps, in which case front indicators may be white and rear indicators red.

Due to the age of the vehicle in question, it will fail the test unless the rear indicators are converted to amber. The legislative basis for this requirement is contained in the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 amended.

This is not the first time that our attention has been directed to red rear indicators on post-1965 American vehicles with a clear MOT test history. As we dont know what condition this vehicle was presented in previously, theres no telling whether a tester has missed anything but two wrongs dont make a right the presenter has been lucky in previous years but will have to accept that these will fail the MOT test in future.

American vehicles with red rear indicators, while not a common sight on British roads, are widespread enough that any tester not familiar with the requirements for direction indicators should be advised there is no exemption for any vehicle to have red rear indicators if it was first used on or after 1 September 1965.


American motorhome

Q Hi, actually 2 questions. I have a 35 American motorhome which is tested as a private car, though the test station must have a suitable lift to inspect it on, 7.5tonne minimum. Is there a list of such stations Question 2, when selecting a testing station, can it be anywhere in the country, not necessarily close to me

Name: Dave   Town: Leyburn


A 
We do not list stations as such as they do not provide that sort of information but if you search for MOT stations that do buses Class 5 - 5a then they should have the facilities. Make sure that they do cars also class 4 - 4a. As for our search you can search by anything that you wish i.e. Liverpool etc.


Pre 1960 vehicles MOT Test

Q on an American auto built in 1957 there is no parking/hand break fitted will this pass the mot

Name: prosser   Town: bridgend


A 
All vehicles manufactured before 1960 are exempt from the MOT test




US 1965 Pickup

Q I have 1965 US pick up. The side lights act as indicators at the front. When I turn on the side lights they are obviously orange.

Do I need to install separate white side lights

I understand that the rear red indicators/ brakes are fine.


Name: H   Town: Chelmsford


A 
I am afraid it will not pass information from the DVSA can be found on link below

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Hazard and stop lights

Q I have American RV. 2002

When the hazard lights are on the stop lights also flash is this ok for uk MOT


Name: David T   Town: Stamford


A 
This is a fail if produced after 1965 vehicles produced before 1965 will pass


failed Mot

Q If my car fails an MOT, I do realise that it should only be driven to a pre arranged MOT for the retest. If my car requires some maintenance work to be done, can I drive the car to a pre arranged place where repairs will be carried out Even if this work is to be carried out outside my own home The car is American and most garages do not have the parts or the knowledge to carry out the work, so can I pre arrange for the work to be done by myself on the road outside my home.

Name: Alex   Town: Sheffield


A 
Have no problem driving to home but if it is parked on the public highway for any length of time you can be fined for not having an mot


Parking Lights

Q My American Motorhome Imported 8 years ago Winnebago Rialta 1998 doesnt have Parking Lights Are these required for an MOT Pass

Name: Grant   Town: Nottingham


A 
If not originally fitted cannot be tested will pass


Motocycle indicators

Q Hi, I have an American imported motorcycle. The front indicators glow Amber as a running light all the time, and function normally as a flashing Amber indicator when operated for turning. Would this pass a UK MOT test

Name: Mark Thorne   Town: Richmond


A 
Providing the indicators are clear enough to be recognized or identified as different it will pass


American Cars

Q we have 2 large American bases where I live, the cars they bring with them have red rear indicators. do they have a waiver

Name: James   Town: Lakenheath


A 
Pre 1965 are exempt so it is likely that these are of this age


Seatbelts

Q Are lap seat belts fitted to driver and front passenger seat on 2002 american RV motorhome legal

Name: T dyer    Town: Wickford


A 
As long as they are original when the car was manufactured you are ok


american car indicators

Q I have an which has red indicators to the rear but has mirrors which show flashing amber to the rear effecively showing amber to traffic from behind will this pass mot

Name: stuart   Town: port talbot


A 
The answer is it will not pass see https://mattersoftesting.blog.gov.uk/your-questions-answered-do-test-stations-have-the-discretion-to-pass-historic-american-vehicles/


American Import

Q I have a import Grand AM Pontiac SE 1986

Does this car have come up to the uk standard in lights

The car indicator in the front flashes I think white and the rear indicator flashes red as the lense is coloured red. And cant be replaced as the parts are not made by GM any more Would extra lights have to be fitted in anyway. Taking away the riginality Classic look etc



Name: Tom   Town: Bonnyrigg


A 
You have to change check with the DVLA at

https://mattersoftesting.blog.gov.uk/your-questions-answered-do-test-stations-have-the-discretion-to-pass-historic-american-vehicles/



Sequential rear red indicators

Q I am looking at importing a 1964 american classic car which has sequential rear red indicators. Would this pass an mot Or would additional amber lamps have to be fitted to destroy the originality of the car



Name: Andy   Town: Weston super Mare


A 
All cars manufactured before 1965 are officially accepted and will pass the MOT Test with sequential red indicators




Q I have an American car that has been over here for the best part of 20 years and has always had red indicators. My MoT station that passed it last year now says they need to be amber. Is this true Regards, Peter

Name: Peter Grist   Town: Southampton


A 
Section 1.4 of manual states that if a pre 1965 has red rear indicators which means they were part of the construction then the car will pass if the red indicators were original on your car it should pass Vehicles first used before 1 September 1965 may

have direction indicators incorporated with stop

lamps, or combined with front or rear position

lamps, in which case front indicators may be white

and rear indicators red.


LGV 7.5ton seat belts

Q Hi what is the requirement for driver and front passenger seat belts We have an american rv plated 1997 weighing 7.5 tonnes with lap belts fitted is this legal for mot

Name: andy   Town: Northampton


A 
If the belts were fitted when the vehicle was new you pass


American Motorcycle lights

Q I have an US imported motorcycle on which the headlight and tailight are always on and there is no switch to turn them off, only a low and main beam. Also there is no side light fitted nor a switch for one. Will this pass

Name: John   Town: Bideford


A 
Daytime running lights are not part of the test

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