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handbrake warning light

Q Is handbrake warning light an mot failure, Whilst stuck on

Name: John   Town: St Helens


A 
Tested are electronic parking brake and electronic stability control warning lights the MOT test will also include checks of the following, where fitted;

Headlight main beam warning light

Electronic power steering warning light

Brake fluid level warning light

Tyre pressure monitoring system warning light

Airbag warning light

Seat belt pre-tensioner warning light

Steering suspension

this is a list of the lights that are tested the hand brake light is not included



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.


Dashboard lights not working

Q Hi, my side and main beam dash lights dont seem to come onbulb blown probably but both lights function correctly on the car. Would this be an MOT fail Also Abs light goes on and off correctly at ignition but can periodically come on during driving. Would the MOT fail if the abs light comes on after a successful dashboard panel light check Many thanks, Martin

Name: Martin Richardson


A 
The ABS, Airbag and Main Beam warning lights are tested. If the ABS light was to come on during the test the vehicle would fail


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




Tinted Headlights

Q Ive just tinted my motorbikes headlight when i boght the tint it said it was fully road legal unless dimming ur lights down then its illegal been past a few police on the road but havent been stopped its a sky blue tint but from my oppinion its not dimming light down just gives off a blue colour light will it pass mot

Name: Gregory   Town: Cardiff


A 
You should not have anything that dims your headlights. If the tester thinks that the light is dimmer your vehicle will fail


Mot sidelight

Q My Japanese import pajero has failed an MoT because by default the corresponding front sidelight goes brighter when indicating The sidelight doesnt flash, just goes a little brighter. This is stated in the manual.

Name: Andy   Town: High peak


A 
The mot test regarding sidelights or position lights as they are called require them to show a steady light any change in the intensity of the lights is a reason for failure




Q Hi, Im in the process of making a pit bike road legal offroad bike and Im just wondering if I need to fit indicators for when I get it registered. Ive read that its fine as long as its an offroad bike, but then it would only pass a daylight MOT and Id have to remove or tape over the front/rear lights or something and that I could ride the bike on the road just as long as its in daylight and no at night, is this true

Name: Ben   Town: Leeds


A 
your bike has to have all lights or no lights, and it doesnt need a horn, mirrors or indicators either for a daylight mot. but it does need a full size number plate



US import indicators

Q I have a 1974 US import which incorporates front position lights and indicators within the same amber housing, with separate bulbs. This is separate from the headlamp housing. So when the front position lights are on, the indicators flash an additional bulb within the same housing. Is this an MOT pass given the amber position lights

Name: Dan


A 
As long the indicators all show an amber light and do not effect or are affected by any other lights. The precise position of direction indicators is not part of the inspection however they must be symmetrical.


Parking lights

Q Will it fail on parking light failure

Name: Mark kelly


A 
Parking lights are not part of the MOT test. Side lights are however - if these are the same lights then they must function as side lights normally.


Brake light symmetry

Q I have red leds fitted to the back of my trike. The two O/S appear 100 but both of the N/S are between 25 and 60 effective

Surely only ONE bulb is needed at each side so what if 8 out of twelve dont light

Do I need to replace all four light units to have symmetry


Name: Dave Pearson


A 
The light intensity must be at a sufficient level on both sides.

1.2 Stop Lamps

Reason for Rejection

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

Note: The precise position of obligatory lamps is not part of the inspection, but check visually that the lamps are at about the same height and the same distance from each side of the vehicle


daytime lights

Q Do daytime lights need to work for the car to pass an MOT test

Name: Alan Humphries   Town: Inverness


A 
Daytime running lights are not tested as part of the MOT test. However the lights must function normally at night if they are part of your headlights/side lights.


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

Click here for more information



Fog Lights

Q Hi I am told that if I replace my current fog light with Daylight Driving Lights. My car will fail the MOT because the tester will treat them as fog lights. My car is an MG TF

Name: Robert   Town: Southport


A 
Front fog lights are not part of the test


Vehicle Defect Form

Q i been stopped by police and been given a vehicle defect form, defects found where s001 fial to maintain obligatory lights. front passenger side main headlight light bulb went about 2 hours before i got stopped by the police. i been asked to get it re motd do i need to get the car remotd just because of the one main headlight bulb which i just changed now and its working. my car has mot till april 2013

Name: frais   Town: Leicester


A 
No, the MOT is valid for the 12 months still. As long as the light is fixed then you are fine to drive the vehicle


Roof mounted led light bars

Q Are high level, as in roof mounted led light bars legal
Do they need to be dippable as headlights or can the be switched separately


Name: Roger of Hastings


A 
If they are switched separately to the headlights then they are not part of the MOT test. As long as they dont interfere with the normal lights Which being mounted on the roof would be highly unlikely


Battery warning light

Q I have just bought an old 03 Ford KA. The private seller pointed out to me that the battery warning light stays on...something to do with a faulty connection, if the connection is wiggled, the light goes out. He assured me this light wont affect the MOT, is this correct

Name: Nicola


A 
The Battery warning light is not part of the test.


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


Fault codes

Q Seat Toledo. Seems to be storing fault codes, all lights are in working order but dash light for lights is on. Will it fail a mot.

Name: George


A 
As long as the main beam dash light still functions properly there should not be a problem. Fault codes are not checked during the MOT test


Blue Dashboard on

Q Hi
We have a Daf 85 that has got add blue

Warning light on.

We have MOT on Monday and Dafs

Cannot look at until Tuesday

Is this an MOT Failure

Thanks Mark


Name: Mark Lewis


A 
Warning lights are Red, yellow indicates upcoming servicing or system repair. The blue light is a either a settings indicator or a information symbol, showing that a system is on or is operating. Blue lights would not seem to be a warning and therefore not an MOT failure. It would depend on what system is being indicated and how critical this system is. An MOT test is a safety test and does not test the engine as part of the test.


Headlights always on

Q Can I check if it would be a problem for passing MOT test if my cars headlights stay on when the key is turned on in the ignition, they go off when the key is turned off

Name: Maurizio   Town: Perth


A 
The headlights and sidelights must operate independently and must not affect each other adversely. They must also function for high/low beam. The headlights do not need to go off as part of an MOT test as long as they pass the above tests it will pass - but you will get an advisory notice on your certificate.


Headlights Always on

Q Can sidelights and/or headlights be wired to an ignition live ie not switched but always on and still pass an mot

Name: John   Town: Stoke


A 
Both headlights and sidelights must operate independently and one must not adversely effect the other.


Brake pad warning light

Q the brake pad warning light has come on and the follow up message reads your brake pads are worn but you may drive on. will this cause an MOT failure

Name: Dave Green   Town: cockermouth


A 
If the light is on and the brake pads are worn and the fluid level light comes on it will fail.

If its just the pad warning light then the car should pass.

Dont forget that if you drive with worn brake pads then they can score the discs and you might have to replace them also which increases the total bill no end


Full beam warning light

Q Good morning. My motorbike has a blue full beam warning light, although the light doesnt work. Dipped beam and full beam work fine, just that when the full beam is activated, the blue warning light for full beam does not come on. Would this be a test fail

Name: Anthony   Town: Manchester


A 
There is no mention in the manual of any dash lights in the Motorbike MOT inspection manual except for indicators if fitted.


Mirror indicator light

Q indicator light on offside mirror not lighting. car did not pass nct.must have light fixed and go back for inspection. local mercedes garage said replacement mirror cover costs 230 euro. this is enormous cost plus cost of fitting. is it essential to have light fixed for road safety reasons

Name: Vincent Brennan   Town: Roscommon


A 
The indicator is part of the test if it does not operate then you will fail the days of spending twenty pounds to get an indicator fixed are long gone but you might find a solution on the net if you put YOUTUBE MERCEDES MIRROR INDICATOR in google plenty of info there good look



DLR Lights

Q I have just fitted aftermarket DRL lights, with a wiring kit. Will it fail an MOT if DRL dont turn off when headlights are turned on just ive seen new cars that have them on with headlights on. Thanks

Name: s watson   Town: carlisle


A 
DLRs are designed to make vehicles more visible during daylight hours and are now common on vehicles of testable age. DRLs themselves are not covered by the manual and are therefore not testable items.



Headlights

Q My headlights dont turn off until ignition goes off. This means sidelights do not operate independently even though they all work . Probably comms unit . Will this fail an mot

Many thanks in advance


Name: Terry   Town: Watford


A 
Both headlights and sidelights must operate independently and one must not adversely effect the other


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.


Faulty Hazard lights

Q The rear hazard warning lights on my car only flash if the engine is running. If the engine is not running only the front and side lights flash the rear lights remain off. The indicators work properly whether or not the engine is running. Will it pass the MOT like this

Name: Sam   Town: St Albans


A 
No you will fail the hazard lights have to work all round whether the engine is running or not


Daylight MOT stop light

Q Do you require a rear brake light if you only have a daylight mot

I have just received a 50 ticket from a policeman for not having one.


Name: Stuart   Town: Waltham Abbey


A 
There is a link to the MOT manual at the end of statement which will take you to the page with it on

Stop lamps are not required to be fitted to vehicles used only during the hours of daylight, which are fitted with neither front nor rear position lamps, etc. See 1.1.A.

http://www.ukmot.com/mot20manual/index.asp?MOT=Stop LampsMOT_Number=1.2MOT_Section=lights


Motorcycle registration plate light

Q does a motorcycle require a white light as part of the tail light over reg plate for mot

Name: kyle   Town: newry


A 
The registration plate light is not tested for the MOT Test but if the bike is used after lighting up time it is illegal not having one


Bulb

Q front offside position lamp obscured more than 50 does this mean bulb needs replacing

Name: barry   Town: manchester


A 
If the light from the offside light does not match the light on the nearside light the tester will normally fail you it is at the testers discretion whether to pass or fail you on this issue




Q i HAVE A 1974 CZ SCRAMBLER WITH PAPERS i WOULD LIKE A DAYTIME MOT . tHERE ARE NO LIGHTS ON THE BIKE WILL i REQUIRE A STOP LIGHT . And would a bulb horn mounted on the handle bars be acceptable .

Thanks.


Name: Paul Mcginley   Town: Glasgow


A 
Changes to the law now mean the rubber bulb horn is unacceptable except on a motorcycle first used before 1 August 1973 the horn must now emit a continuous note when sounded. Small battery powered cycle horns are normally allowed if you have no lights stop lights are not tested


Daylight MOT

Q what does my bike need for a day time mot.as my bike has no lights

Name: neil    Town: newport


A 
A daylight MOT would require a motorbike to have a horn and a rear registration plate.

The testing guidelines state that motorbikes can be exempt from having lamps tested if they meet the following criteria:-

machines which have neither front nor rear position lamps, or have such lamps permanently disconnected, painted over or masked that are:-
only used in daylight hours
not used in times of serious reduced visibility

The following items/lamps are not required to be tested in order for a MOT to pass a daylight MOT test as long as they meet the criteria above.

Front and Rear position lamps
Headlamps
Stop Lamps
Rear Reflectors
Direction Indicators


Tinted Headlights

Q can i tint my headlights with smoke tint spray if so how dark can i have it

Name: chris g   Town: wakefield


A 
No you can not have any obstructions of any kind to headlight. If there is anything that dims the headlights, even slightly, it will fail


Rear Fog Lamp

Q ive got a 2015 dodge , does it need a fog light fitting, and the indicators bulbs changing to orange, also the rate of flashing indicators slowing down

Name: john pinchen


A 
one rear fog lamp is required to be fitted to the centre or offside of vehicles first used on or after 1 April 1980. The light must show a steady red light


Airbag Light

Q Passenger airbag off light comes on when turn the key. It disappears after a few seconds. Is it a fail on an MOT test

Name: Boglarka Bodnar


A 
It is normal for the airbag light to come on for a few seconds on first turning the ignition on. If the light goes out every time then this is not a problem. If it stays on it might be


headlights of a different colour

Q Our Mercedes B200 has failed its mot on shows light of a different colour. How can this be when I renewed the lamps a week before the mot. The method of inspection does not ask to check the colour and I cant find any mention that it has to be Amber.

Name: Robert Else


A 
The colour of the headlights can be amber or white but they must match. Section 1.7 Subsection 6 - reasons for failure: do not emit light of the same colour are not the same size or shape.


Light bar

Q I am going to fit a light bar on my van so it comes on then on with high beam, will this pass the m.o.t

Name: Simon Coe


A 
As long as it is positioned centrally so that your lights are symmetrical and it does not affect or obscure any other lights. It may be wise to have them operate from a separate switch as this would make them exempt from the MOT test completely


Amber side running lights

Q I have a motorhome with 4 amber side running lights on each side. A couple of them are not working is this a fail

Name: G howe   Town: Bognor Regis


A 
Side marker lights are not required on motorhomes, Optional lights are not testable on a class 4 test. These lamps are not normally fitted unless the vehicle is a living van rather than a Motorhome. A living van is a vehicle constructed with living accommodation but also has a load carrying area. If it has got an area for carrying motorbikes or cart or even race cars, horses or such like it should be tested as a goods vehicle. These lamps are then testable.


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.


Reverse light

Q Can it fail MOT if your reverse light isnt working

Name: Deborah Veitch   Town: Newcastle upon Tyne


A 
The reversing lights are not part of the MOT must they must only come on when reversing. You cannot show a white light at the rear of your vehicle


sidelights not working

Q My VW golf failed due to my sidelights not working. These do work and were retrofitted LED sidelights. They removed the bulbs and cables, left them on my passenger seat and replaced the them with normal bulbs to pass. Is this Correct

Name: cam   Town: CARTERTON


A 
Unless they deemed that the new LED lights where not bright enough or too bright?




Q My Discovery Failed MOST Today as drivers headlight kicked to the right on inspection that headlight is European not British.I have had car 2 years and 2 mots done the car is as garage sold it to me.Can I put a converter cover over that side to pass MOT or will I have to find a secondhand one as new are 400 plus.proving difficult as like gold dust

Name: Kim    Town: Wigan


A 
The Manual 1.8 states

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.so if you have a converter pack correctly fitted you will pass



Mirror Indicator

Q My daughter in law has a vw polo which has a light on the mirror casing, the glass is ok but the light and casing are smashed, is it an mot failure

Name: neil   Town: ammanford


A 
The light on the mirror has to work to pass the test


Daytime running lights

Q My daytime running lights are being changed to fog lights with a switch to turn off during clear weather is this legal

Name: Margaret grantham   Town: bradford


A 
DLRs are designed to make vehicles more visible during daylight hours and are now common on vehicles of testable age. DRLs themselves are not covered by the manual and are therefore not testable items.


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

Click here for more information





Q my van is left hand drive so the foglight is is on the wrong side,i have added two small fog lights on either side of the vehicle.Do i have to alter anything to pass a mot

Name: ian campbell   Town: alexandria


A 
Vehicles must be equipped with one or two bright red "rear fog lamps", which serve as high-intensity rear position lamps to be turned on by the driver in conditions of poor visibility to make the vehicle more visible from the rear. The allowable range of intensity for a rear fog lamp is 150 to 300 candela which as long as they emit a steady bright red light and are not adversely affected by the operation of any other lamp it will pass


SRS MIL Lights

Q Hi,

In the MOT manual about the SRS MIL indication says a car will fail an MOT if these stay lit or do not light You answer to George town, Texas says it will not fail can you please clarify further.

Cheers.


Name: John   Town: Uxbridge


A 
From the DLVA blog common mistakes 2. Supplementary Restraint Systems SRS lamps

When testing SRS MIL Malfunction Indicator Light lamps we are only looking to see if the lamp indicates if there is a fault with the system. If no lamp is present or it doesnt illuminate then it cant indicate a system fault, so it cant be failed. Some vehicles may also incorporate warning messages on dash board displays; these are in addition to any MIL lamps and should not be used as a reason for rejection.

Where passenger air bags are present it is also often possible to disarm them, or they may automatically disarm where there is little or no weight on the passenger seat. This may be accompanied by a lamp permanently on to highlight the airbag has been disarmed, this is not considered a SRS MIL, and therefore isnt a reason for rejection.



Airbag light

Q i have a seat Ibiza and my airbag light is on. this is only due to moving the seat back and forth. the block gets knocked sometimes and the light stays on. will my car pass its MOT

Name: april   Town: tiverton


A 
If when being tested the light stays on this is a failure


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






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