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|Q|| ||My car failed its MOT. I dont get paid until the end of the month and I will not be driving it in the meantime. Can I take the car when I get paid|
Yes, you can drive the car to the garage for its MOT as long as you have pre-booked the MOT appointment. You would need to prove you were driving to an MOT appointment if you were stopped by the police.
|Q|| ||with the new laws coming in in may I am confused. Motorists can face a hefty fine if they book their car in for an early MoT before their certificate runs out, or if they keep driving their car if it fails its test.|
Does this mean that you cannot book in a month early but still keep your anniversary date and also if it fails can you still drive up to your mot anniversary date
You can get an MOT up to one month, minus a day, before the current certificate runs out and keep the same renewal date. So if your MOT was valid until 10 June, you be able to renew it from 11 May without it affecting your anniversary date.
Until 19 May 2018, if your vehicle fails its MOT you can drive it away if the existing MOT certificate is still valid - as long as it meets the minimum standard of roadworthiness. When the new MOT laws take effect from 20 May 2018, any faults found will be categorised as either dangerous, major or minor. If a vehicle has a dangerous fault, it will not meet the minimum standard of roadworthiness, so obviously you will not be able to drive it legally, even if it still has an unexpired MOT certificate. Major faults may make the vehicle less safe and could put other road users at risk, or could relate to emissions. Therefore, if your vehicle had a major fault you would need to take advice as to whether you could legally drive on your unexpired certificate, as it would depend on what the fault was.
2018 MOT CHANGES FOR CLASSIC CARS
|Q|| ||Will the new 2018 changes require that a classic car ;1978 Escort mk2 RS2000 that has NO reversing lights ,now have to be fitted with some|
The revised 2018 MOT manual requires testers to inspect all reversing lamps fitted to vehicles first used from 1 September 2009. Additionally, when the rules change on 20 May 2018, as long as your vehicle has not been substantially changed, it is likely it will not require an MOT from the 40th anniversary of its registration, which will be at some point in 2018. You will need to check it meets the criteria for this.
WILL ORANGE SIDE LIGHTS PASS AN MOT?
|Q|| ||I have a 57 plate zafira which has orange sidelights fitted will these pass an MOT|
No. Side lights are front position lights. The MOT manual states that two front position lamps must be fitted, one on each side and show a steady white light to the front or yellow if incorporated in a yellow headlamp.
WILL DIFFERENT SIZED TYRES PASS AN MOT
|Q|| ||Hi.i have a bmw e87 and I have to put 225/40/18, if I put 245/40/18 for rear I will pass the test |
Name: Vasile Ghinet-Dospinescu
As long as both tyres on the rear are the same size the car will pass. The MOT manual states that tyres on the same axle must be of the same nominal size or aspect ratio.
|Q|| ||My mot is due to expire but cant afford to pay for the new test until a week after the expiry date can I still drive my car |
No. Once the MOT has expired you are only allowed to drive your vehicle on a public road to attend a pre-booked MOT appointment. You must be able to prove you are travelling to a pre-booked appointment if stopped by the police.
|Q|| ||My MOT renewal is on 20/4. I do not return from Holiday until 23/4. Is there any overlap period for renewal|
No, I am afraid there is not a grace period for renewal. You can renew your MOT up to 1 month before the expiry date without it affecting your original renewal date. Once the MOT has expired you are only allowed to drive to a pre-booked MOT appointment and must be able to prove this is where you are going if stopped by the police.
TYRES WITH DIFFERENT SPEED RATINGS
|Q|| ||My car is fairly new but I have a flat tyre less than 5000 miles. All tyres on my car as recommended by the manufacturer are currently rated H. One of my front tyres is punctured. Can I replace one of my tyres on the front axle with a tyre rated V I will have a H rated and V rated higher on the front axle. Both rear tyres are H rated.|
For MOT purposes, tyres on the same axle should be of the same type and structure and both must have an adequate speed rating for the vehicle. It doesnt matter if the speed ratings differ as long as they are both adequate. However, the British Association of Tyre Manufacturers recommends that, for optimum performance and safety, vehicles should be fitted with matching tyres.
MOT NEEDED WHILE IN FRANCE
|Q|| ||I drive to France in May and shall not return until mid October. My cars first MOT is due at the end of September. Should I have the car MOTD 5 months early before I go or have the car prebooked for an MOT for as soon as I return which is 2 weeks overdue. I shall be driving from a channel port all the back up to Scotland|
Your car will still be subject to UK laws while you are in France, ie it is required to be taxed, insured and have a current MOT. Driving your car in France in October without a current MOT will be breaking French laws and could also affect your insurance policy.
NEARSIDE MIRROR GLASS MISSING
|Q|| ||Hi I have a 2013 p3008 my n/s mirror glass has been knocked out but the repeater light works fine will not having the mirror glass be a fail or pass please|
Section 8.1 of the manual states that the test only applies to the obligatory mirrors. Passenger vehicles require two mirrors/devices, one of which must be an exterior mirror that provides a view along the offside drivers side of the vehicle position a. The other obligatory mirror can either be an exterior nearside mirror or an interior mirror. As long as your interior mirror and offside mirror are both secure and provide an adequate view of the rear you will pass this part of the test.
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.
DOES A CAR REQUIRE SIDE LIGT
|Q|| ||Does a car require side lights to pass an MOT Can it pass with just dipped and full beam head lights|
A car requires side lights to pass the MOT. Side lights are front position lamps. Obligatory front and rear position lamps are required by Regulations to be fitted to a vehicle to indicate its presence and width when viewed from the front or rear.
The only exceptions are vehicles that either dont have position lamps, or have lamps that are permanently disconnected and are only used during daylight hours and not used at times of seriously reduced visibility.
|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.
|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.
|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.