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Brake lights are tested with the ignition on

Q With ignition on all 3 brake lights work fine, with key out only the top middle 1 works but this is an aftermarket light fitted into a hard top on my Ford ranger pickup via a relay to main battery. Is brake lights working with ignition off part of an MOT test schedule and maybe do I not have a fault

Name: Chris


A 
Brake lights are tested with the ignition on


Backup brake lights

Q Mercedes MLs have a habit of the backup brake lights being used when the connection to the normal brake light has failed. The fog lamps are used as brake lights when this happens. Would this be a UK MOT failure when tested

Name: martin


A 
As long as you have high intensity red lights that light up when the brake pedal is depressed and extinguish when released and they do not affect the normal light I.e. side/running lights


adversely affected by the operation of any other lamp

Q Should a car fail its MOT if when the brake is applied both the brake lights and the front side lights come on

Name: Ian Dale


A 
It could do, Re: section 1.2 Stop Lamps

Reason for Rejection

f. adversely affected by the operation of any other lamp


Brake light stays on

Q failed mot because brake light stays on when lights are on.was told its an electrical problem. I have a Peugeot 206 , is this right thanks.

Name: jimmy   Town: london


A 
Of course its right Brake lights must only illuminate when the brakes are applied or how will the car behind you be able to tell if you are braking or not.




Broken lens

Q my back light casing has broken but the lights are in full working order. It is very expensive to repair and my MOT is due in a couple of weeks, will my car fail its MOT if i use lens repair tape for the time being until i can get a replacemnt

Name: kelly   Town: nottingham


A 
As long as the light is not obscured, there are no sharp edges and all lights are of the correct colour i.e. brake lights must show a red light. No chinks of white light and the light must be as bright as with an unbroken lens. If you cannot satisfy these conditions then you will need a new lens.


High level Brake Light

Q on my 2002 mgtf the high level brake light does not work will it fail mot

Name: stan   Town: devon


A 
The eu and uk law is that the two side brake lights are obligatory and that any other lights if fitted should work unless they have been disconnected if you say they are disconnected which is possible due to a break in the wiring or by design it will pass http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1989/1796/schedule/12/made


Brake lights

Q so if i cover up the hole where the light should have been and tell the tester it will pass mot

Name: john   Town: fauldhouse


A 
The EU require that you have 2 brake lights working and if there are no others connected then that is all that is checked


Bike Brake Lights

Q Are brake lights on a motorcycle allowed to modulate i.e they come on as normal for a second, then flash 15 times a second then return to normal on mode

Name: Perry Lawson   Town: Maidstone


A 
The manual states

a. does not illuminate immediately a brake applies b or show a steady light you will fail




Q high level brake not working on discovery 2 will it fail mot, also if taken off will it fail

Name: Frank   Town: notts


A 
The eu and uk law is that the two side brake lights are obligatory and that any other lights if fitted should work unless they have been disconnected

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1989/1796/schedule/12/made


Third Brake Light

Q Will my car fail its MOT if its third brake light does not illuminate

Name: Julian   Town: London


A 
All brake lights must be working for the vehicle to pass the MOT test


Brake Lights

Q one brake light driver side not working, left side and high visibility working mot failure

Name: marcus   Town: fareham


A 
Any brake light not working is an mot failure as for high visibility lights they are not mandatory but if fitted must work UNLESS they are disconnected,The manual states Where extra lamps are fitted and there is doubt as to whether they are connected, the benefit of this doubt should be given to the presenter.



Brake Lights

Q the high level brake light has several bulbs in it, if one of them is blown, will it be an MOT failure

Name: Greorge   Town: Salford


A 
As long as there is not less than 50 of the light sources illuminating from the brake light it will pass the MOT test






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