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Motorcycles, Tricycles and Quadricycles - 9.1 Lighting

Information
This Section should be read in conjunction with Section 1 of this Manual.

Tricycles and quadricycles with two service brake controls must operate the stop lamps from both controls.

The Methods of Inspection and Reasons for Rejection are the same as for Section 1 of this Manual. However, the requirements for the fitment of some lamps may be different and they are detailed in the following tables:
Method of Inspection
Requirements for tricycles or quadricycles classed as mopeds
LAMPNUMBERREMARKS
Dipped beam headlamp1 or 2If one, it must be mounted centrally, or if adjacent to another lamp e.g. main beam lamp they must be mounted symmetrically about the centre. If two, they must be symmetrically mounted.
Front position lamp1 or 2If one, it must be mounted centrally, or if adjacent to another front lamp e.g. a headlamp they must be mounted symmetrically about the centre. If two, they must be symmetrically mounted.
If the maximum vehicle width exceeds 1300mm, two front position lamps are required.
Rear position lamp1 or 2If one, it must be mounted centrally.
If two, they must be symmetrically mounted.
If the maximum vehicle width exceeds 1300mm, two rear position lamps are required.
Stop lamps1 or 2If one, it must be mounted centrally.
If two, they must be symmetrically mounted.
If the maximum vehicle width exceeds 1300mm, two stop lamps are required.
Direction indicators2 front 2 rearOnly required on bodied 3 wheel mopeds
A telltale must be fitted.
Rear reflector1 or 2If one, it must be mounted centrally.
If the maximum vehicle width exceeds 1000mm, two reflectors are required.
Reason for Rejection

Motorcycles, Tricycles and Quadricycles - 9.1 Lighting

Information
Hazard warning lamps must work both with the engine running and switched off. This may be by use of an engine kill switch or by turning the ignition off.
Method of Inspection
Requirements for tricycles and quadricycles
LAMPNUMBERREMARKS
Main beam headlamp1 or 2If one, it must be mounted centrally, or if adjacent to another lamp e.g. dipped beam lamp they must be mounted symmetrically about the centre.
If the maximum vehicle width exceeds 1300mm, two main beam headlamps are required 1700mm for motorcycle derived tricycles
Dipped beam headlamp1 or 2If one, it must be mounted centrally, or if adjacent to another lamp e.g. main beam lamp they must be mounted symmetrically about the centre.
If the maximum vehicle width exceeds 1300mm, two dipped beam headlamps are required 1700mm for motorcycle derived tricycles
Front position lamp1 or 2If one, it must be mounted centrally, or if adjacent to another front lamp e.g. a headlamp they must be mounted symmetrically about the centre.
If the maximum vehicle width exceeds 1300mm, two front position lamps are required.
Rear position lamp1 or 2If one, it must be mounted centrally.
If the maximum vehicle width exceeds 1300mm, two rear position lamps are required.
Stop lamps1 or 2If one, it must be mounted centrally.
If the maximum vehicle width exceeds 1300mm, two stop lamps are required.
Direction indicators2 front 2 rearA telltale must be fitted.
Hazard warning lamps2 front 2 rearA telltale must be fitted.
Rear reflector1 or 2If one, it must be mounted centrally.
If the maximum vehicle width exceeds 1000mm, two reflectors are required.
Registration plate lamp1May be combined with the rear position lamp.
Reason for Rejection





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