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Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment - 1.5 Reflectors

Information
This inspection applies to the two obligatory rear reflectors that are required by Regulation to be fitted.

Rear reflectors 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.

Approval marks are not included in the inspection.

Reflective tape is not acceptable as a substitute for a rear reflector.

Tricycle and quadricycle requirements are detailed at Section 9.1.
Method of Inspection
1. Check that the required numbers of reflectors are:

a. fitted

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

b. are not obscured
c. in good working order
d. red in colour.
Reason for Rejection
1. A reflector:

a. missing, insecure, obviously incorrectly positioned or does not face to the rear
b. obscured so that less than 50% of the reflecting surface is visible from the rear
c. excessively damaged or deteriorated so that less than 50% of the reflecting surface is functioning
d. not red in colour.





Reproduced from the MOT Inspection Manual by kind permission of THE VEHICLE INSPECTORATE.

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