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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 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

Tinted Headlights

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

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


My car indicators only work when my headlights are on. Will it pass the mot

Name: Simon Town: Leicester

NO. The indicators must function at all times

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

The Manual 1.8 statesMasks or converter kits may be fitted to righthand dip headlamps to temporarily alter the lamp foruse in the UK by removing the beam kickup to theright.A headlamp altered in this way is not a reason forrejection, ifa. the headlamp aim is not rejected for thereasons listed under diagram 1 except thatthe top of the beam image will be a straightlineb. the light output is not unduly reduced notusually a problem with commerciallyproduced kitsc. the mask or converter is securely if you have a converter pack correctly fitted you will pass

Matched Headlamps

Is it illegal to use headlamps which have a different degree of brightness

Name: J fRANCK Town: Surbiton

The manual states that headlights must be a matched pair A matched pair is a pair of lamps which both emit light of substantially the same colour and intensity, and are both the same size and of such a shape that they are symmetrical to one another there is no separate legal information but if it fails the MOT you can assume it could be an offence

American Motorcycle lights

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

Daytime running lights are not part of the testbrbra targetblankClick here for more informationa

Head Light Flasher

Is it a MOT Fail if Headlamp Flashers do not work

Name: colin weeks Town: woking

As long as you can switch from headlight to main beam correctly then you will pass

Headlamp Bracket

Is it an mot faliure if a bracket is broke on the main front light

Name: Joe Town: Manchester

The manual states reason for failure of headlight can be . A headlamp levelling or cleaning device inoperative or otherwise obviously defective. 3. A missing, insecure or obviously incorrectly positioned obligatory headlamp if the bracket causes any of these two then the vehicle will fail
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