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Motorcycle MOT Pre Check

... TAIL LIGHTS must be free of chips or cracks the headlight must also work on main and dip beam, the main beam must shine directly ahead and the dip slightly lower and to the left. INDICATOR LIGHTS must all flash at a steady rate and the warning lights function properly. If a HAZARD WARNING SYSTEM i...

MOT Quick Check - Lights

...istics of High Intensity Discharge HID lamps. HID headlights can cause dazzle if they are dirty or aimed too high, so they are generally if light output exceeds 2000 lumens fitted in conjunction with headlamp cleaning and levelling systems. Where HID or LED dipped beam headlamps are fitted the teste...

Avoiding MOT Failure - Electrical Equipment

...e illuminated. All lens must be secure. Check headlight alignment. This varies between vehicles but your beam must not be too high as to blind oncoming traffic and must point slightly towards the passengers side of the road, again to avoid blinding oncoming traffic. Internal Headlight reflectors...

Bike MOT Manual - 1.2 Headlights

...lecting surface. The tester should advise if both headlights should illuminate for either function and only one does so. On machines without a battery or wtth an insufficiently charged battery, it will be necessary to run the engine. 4. Check the condition operation and security of the switch. 4. A ...

Vehicle test procedures - Stage 2

...nd stage of your vehicle MOT test starts with the headlight alignment check. You will be guided forward to the headlamp alignment equipment and asked to operate the vehicle lights to carry out the headlamp alignment test. Other items at this stage At this stage the following items will be also be c...

Northern Ireland MOT Test

...bodychassis condition Tyres Hubsbearings Lightsheadlight alignment Service brake test Handbrake test Exhaust emission Road test if necessary A VEHICLE TEST CERTIFICATE DOES NOT GUARANTEE A VEHICLES CONDITION All information coutesy of Driver Vehicle Agency N.I....

Car MOT Manual - 4.1 Tyres (Structure)

... be inadvisable, because of possible damage, or a headlight test might be affected, if the underinflation is affecting alignment. The inspection of the tyre pressure monitoring system TPMS warning lamp only applies to passenger vehicles with four or more wheels, and not more than 8 passenger seats...

Bike MOT Manual

...Front Rear position lamps Steering Control Brake Controls Brake Systems Security Steering System Headlights Brake Performance Wheel Alignment Suspension Wheel Bearings Horn Audible Warning Front Suspension Wheel Bearings Stop Lamps Rear Suspension Wheel bearings Rear Reflectors Wheel Alignment S...

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MOT Questions

Daytime Running Lights

I am installing daytime runners on my car. Do they have to turn off completely when the headlights are turned on or can they be dimmed Most of the controllers I can find just dim them.

Name: Mark Wright Town:

bDedicated daytime running lights bbrbrDaytime running lights DRL are purposemade, lowwattage lights that can be fitted to a vehicle and used during the day to improve the visibility of a vehicle to other drivers as well as pedestrians, cyclists and other road users. They do not need to be operated manually as they automatically activate when the engine is started and turn off when the engine stops or when headlights are switched on at night.brbrDRL are necessarily bright to ensure they are visible in the daytime but not so bright that they will dazzle others. However they are too bright for night time use and are not intended to illuminate the road in the dark. If used at night they will cause dazzle and discomfort to others and so drivers should always switch to their position lamps or headlamps at night.brbrbEvidence bbrbrResearch has shown that DRLs are likely to reduce multiple vehicle daytime accidents and fatalities by up to 6 once all vehicles are equipped. DRL are likely to result in a small increase in fuel consumption and CO emissions of around 0.5 but this is expected to be lower when LEDs are used in place of filament light sources.brbrbLegislation and requirements bbrbrVehicle manufacturers must fit DRL to new types of passenger car and light goods vehicle car derived vans type approved to European vehicle requirements from February 20111 . In practice this means that any new model launched after this date, and many launched before, will be fitted with DRL. However, existing models on sale before this date without DRL fitted can continue to be sold and used indefinitely.brbrSimilar requirements apply to large vehicles such as HGVs and buses from 7 August 2012. Motorcycles do not currently require DRL to be fitted, but most manufacturers voluntarily opt for an AHO Automatic Headlight On system to be installed as an alternative. Changes to European legislation will, in future permit manufacturers to fit DRL on their motorcycles.brbrDRL activate automatically when the engine is started and remain on unless the headlamps are switched on. They may however remain off in some low speed and stationary situations. In general all other lights should remain off when the DRL are on but for a limited period some vehicles may be available which automatically activate the rear position lamps at the same time as the DRL.brbrDRL may be combined with other lamps. For example some manufacturers use the same lamp for both the DRL and position lamp. In these cases the DRL automatically dims to function as a lower intensity position lamp when the headlamps are turned on. DRL placed close to direction indicators may also automatically dim when the direction indicator is active. This is to ensure that the direction indicator is not masked by the light from the DRL.brbrbRetrofitting DRL bbrbrThere is no requirement to retrofit DRL on vehicles not fitted with them as standard. If you decide to retrofit DRL you should ensure they have been approved to the correct European legislation. This can be confirmed by checking that the approval mark embossed on the lamp contains the letters RL, see figure 1.brbrIdeally retrofitted DRL should be installed such that they activate automatically when the engine starts and switch off when headlamps are turned on. If this is not the case then you must ensure that you manually turn DRL off at night as they will cause dazzle and discomfort to others if used in low ambient lighting conditions.brbrbDRL approval mark. bbrbrbUse of other lamps during the daytimebbrbrDrivers of vehicles that are not fitted with DRL are not required to turn on their headlamps or position lamps during the day unless visibility is very poor. However some European member states do require some form of lighting during the day so if you travel abroad and do not have DRL fitted you may be obliged to drive with your headlamps

led headlight bulbs

Will led headlight bulbs fail the mot

Name: Francis Town:

As long as they are the correct wattage and the light pattern is correct then the vehicle should pass. Please note that there are many LED bulbs on the market that will NOT meet the requirements of the MOT

Dim side light

My right hand side light is dim but the left is bright will this fail an mot test. The headlights are working fine but its just this one sidelight.

Name: Pauline Town:

The dim sidelight must be at least 50 the brightness of the normal side light.

DRLs Fail to Dim

I have kia sportage 2015. MOT failed as DRLs fail to dim when switched to position lights but do when switched to dipped beam headlights. Kia say that is not a fail, but DVSA say it is a fail MOT station says it is a fail. HELP PLease

Name: D. Shepherd Town:

DRLs themselves are not covered by the manual and are therefore not testable items. Unless the brightness of the DRLs obscures the function of another lamp i.e. indicators. If this is the case then that is why the vehicle failed

Headlights E Marked

Hello,brDo Motorcycle headlights have to be E marked approved will motorcycles pass mot without e marked approval. Does this include vintage motorcycle Headlamps Thanks.

Name: Brian Town: Leamington Spa

As long as the light meets requirements. I.e. designed for driving on the left, brightness, beam coverageshape etc.

Old sidelights yellowing

My car has 3 different types of lights within the headlightbrSide lights brDipped beammain beambrIndicator. brbrWill my car fail an MOT if my sidelights have a yellow tint in terms of simply just older halogen bulb perfectly legal while my dipped beams are Philips white vision

Name: Dave Town:

Slight discolouration of a white light is not reason to fail an MOT as long as they are not amber like the indicators.

Retest Failure on different item

Hello. I taken my motorcycle in to main motorcycle dealers for its mot the mot guy failed it on the headlight not in line .They could not do it as it was 10 min job but they was closing for the day and didnt have time saying paper work. Time sheets to be filled in cleaning the work area they asked if I could bring it back the next day 40 mile round trip it ok its a nice bike ride so I gets there the next day the 1st mot guy not there its guy so He does a full mot after he fixed the light .the said its failed on the green neutral light on the clocks .now when you use the bike when its cold it works when bike warms up the light works part time .as I just got there and he starts right away when the 1st mot guy let the bike cool down so it worked for him NOW the 2and mot guy says its failed can they recheck the whole bike as I thought it would only be the item it failed on .also I had to pay a retest fee .which I think is disgusting as if I said the night before no fix the light I would have had no fee to pay and a new mot so me doing the 1st mot guy a favour I get screwed over . Can you advise me thank you Ian

Name: Iain Town:

I would steer clear of this MOT garage in the future. Technically they have done nothing wrong. The MOT tester tests the vehicle at the time and if something doesnt work he fails it, irrespectively to and previous tests. A retest should only test items relating to the original fail. Nominated testers NTs can remove failure items when theyre repaired by selecting the Repaired button. So there was no need to redo the whole MOT test.brbra targetblank relnofollowYou can always complain if you think that the vehicle failed unfairly by clicking this linka however they might say that the vehicle should have failed originally for the fault.

Daytime MOT

Can I modify a bike from standard specification to meet daylight mot or remove indicators headlight rear light just leaving brake lights, horn

Name: Jonathan ellis Town:

Yes but you must remove them. You can get a daytime MOT for bikes where you can only use the bike during daylight hours. A daylight MOT would require a motorbike to have a horn and a rear registration plate

Side Lights

Im getting a warning saying that side lights bulbs are faulty, but they are working fine. Would this be an mot failure

Name: Helen Town:

No as long as the side lights are working. The side light warning indicator is not part of the test.brbrIf youve got one of these warning lights then it must now work correctlybrElectronic parking brakebrElectronic stability controlbrHeadlight main beam warning lightbrElectronic power steering warning lightbrBrake fluid level warning lightbrSeat belt pretensioner warning lightbr

Roof mounted led light bars

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

Name: Roger of Hastings Town:

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

headlights of a different colour

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 Town:

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.

Yellow headlights

HiIm considering changing my headlampsdipped main beamon my Ford Puma to yellowor could be known as Amberhalogens as I like the Euro look. Firstly,is this legal And secondly,would it pass an MOT with these installed,or would I have to put back in situ the standard white halogens for the MOT testbrYour help clarifying this matter would be greatly appreciated.brKind Regards brJason. brbr

Name: Jason Sheppard Town:

The manual says that headlights can be white or yellow so there should not be a problem

Different tester for re-test

My car failed its mot i done the repairs and took it back for retest. It failed again because i hadnt cleaned the lights enough old car the headlights turned yellow. I noticed that on the failure certificate that the original tester was diffrent from the tester that done the retest . Surely it would have to be the same tester to do the retest Same garage and retest was done within 10 working days

Name: Jake Town:

As far as I am aware there is no maximum number of testers at an MOT station. As long as the Tester is qualified to MOT test the vehicle.

Daytime MOT

If a car is never used at night does it need headlights to pass mot

Name: Bill mill Town:

It would need the lights removed, permanently disconnected, painted over or masked. The MOT tester would issue a VT32 advisory notice recording the above.

Headlights always on

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

The headlights and sidelights must operate independently and must not affect each other adversely. They must also function for highlow 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.

daytime lights

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

Name: Alan Humphries Town: Inverness

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 headlightsside lights.

Imported Vehicle

I have an Italian Honda CTX700, that apparently Honda decided not to sell in UK. Ive imported it from Italy when I came over here to live. Ive been told that even if I change the headlight and speedo to mph the bike mightnt pass the MOT even after changing these parts to make it UK compliant. Could that be the case I heard a US Harley never passed the test at my dealers workshop round the corner, after changing the parts, and the mechanics said bike was perfect. Apparently it never passed because the footrest was 1mm narrower than the UK version. In my case, if the bike isnt even sold here, could it be a problem Just want to make sure that I do pass the test if I spend nearly a gran to get parts done.

Name: Alex Class Town: London

The MOT test does not take into account the country of origin. It must pass all tests as a British vehicle whatever they may be. I cannot tell you what differences they may find without seeing the vehicle. To save yourself money I would put it in for an MOT test first and see what it fails on and then address those issues.

Headlights Always on

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

Name: John Town: Stoke

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

Moisture in one of my headlights

I have moisture in one of my headlights. Will this fail the MOT please.

Name: Sylvia Brindle Town: Gosport

As long as the illumination is not affected then the car will pass. It might get an advisory note

eurolight beam diverters

We regularly travel to Europe and currently have eurolight beam diverters fitted to headlights. Is this acceptable for the mot

Name: kelvin Town: Brigg

You should remove the diverters when driving in the UK as the beam pattern would be incorrect and therefore not pass an MOT
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