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NO DIPPED BEAM
    Name: John Town: t-packham2011@hotmail.co.uk
 
Q
the front headlamp on my motorbike only works on full beam.

is this illegal and would it pass a MOT?
A
Section 1.2 of the MOT manual states that a motorcycle will fail the MOT if it does not have at least one headlamp which illuminates when selected on: (i) dipped beam (ii) main beam.
FOG LIGHTS
    Name: Francisco Ortiz Town: fortizgarcia@gmail.com
 
Q
What do I need to pass the MOT with an aftermarket motorcycle fog lights?
A
Fog lights are not tested as part of the MOT.
MOTOR CYCLE NUMBER PLATE SIZE
    Name: Pat Slegg Town: Kings Lynn
 
Q
Took my motorcycle to Test centre and it would not pass because of number plate size. They made up a new plate which I paid for to get a pass. My plate has all the correct number and space sizes with an overall size of 200x180 The top line is AO61 so as far as I can see on this site it should have passed.
A
The garage should be able to explain what the specific problem was with your original plate.
WILL A PURPLE BRAKE LIGHT FAIL AN MOT?
    Name: Pro9 Town: Bury st edmunds
 
Q
I have recently bought a tail light for my motorcycle with integrated indicators, the indicators work great with orange LEDs, the running light is also fine with red LEDs. My only concern is the brake light, which when switched on emits a purple glow through the use of blue LEDs alongside the red running light. The company that provides this product says itís fine and there should not be any problems. Will I pass an MOT with bright purple brakes? Cheers
.
A
The Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 states the brake light should be red.
Number plate light
    Name: Steve Town: Cheshunt
 
Q
Vespa et2 has no number plate light from new will it pass the mot
A
You do not need a number plate light for a bike but if fitted it must work.
Headlights E Marked
    Name: Brian Town: Leamington Spa
 
Q
Hello,
Do Motorcycle headlights have to be E- marked approved? - will motorcycles pass mot without e marked approval. Does this include vintage motorcycle Headlamps? Thanks.
A
As long as the light meets requirements. I.e. designed for driving on the left, brightness, beam coverage/shape etc.
Retest Failure on different item
    Name: Iain Town: Vlratcliffe1@aol.com
 
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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 didnít 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 itís a nice bike ride ) so I gets there the next day the 1st mot guy not there itís a.new guy so He does a full mot after he fixed the light .the said itís failed on the green neutral light on the clocks .now when you use the bike when itís 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 itís 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
A
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 doesnít 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 theyíre repaired by selecting the ĎRepairedí button. So there was no need to redo the whole MOT test.

You can always complain if you think that the vehicle failed unfairly by clicking this link however they might say that the vehicle should have failed originally for the fault.
Motorbike Exhaust
    Name: andrew sheffield Town: pippin16055@gmail.com
 
Q
I was wounding if my motorbike would pass its mot has it got a sport exhaust just didnít know if they would fail it for being to loud
A
Construction and use regulations say that a pipe should not be altered in any way to increase noise, and should clearly and indelibly be marked with either the British standard marking indicating that it has been tested in accordance with test 2; or ii a reference to its make and type specified by the manufacturer of the vehicle.
Daytime MOT
    Name: Jonathan ellis Town: Scrog1@msn.com
 
Q
Can I modify a bike from standard specification to meet daylight mot or remove indicators headlight rear light just leaving brake lights, horn
A
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
Speedomter Illumination
    Name: Alan Richardson Town: aldo1992arr@gmail.com
 
Q
Hi,
My car recently passed its MOT and it passed even though my light warning light was on and the bulb for my speedometer needle was out so at night Iím unable to see what speed Iím doing ?? Can you let me know if this should have failed, surely itís health and safety?
A
For a car: The speedometer should be able to be illuminated at night to pass the MOT test. The tester may not have noticed but it should have failed. (Note: Motorbikes do not have to meet this requirement)
clearance on a sidecar
    Name: Lester Brooks Town: lezbrooks1@gmail.com
 
Q
Minimum ground (road) clearance on a sidecar
A
I cannot find any reference to ground clearance for side cars. I would presume that as long as it doesnít catch or could be deemed dangerous by the tester then it should be ok
Trike hazard warning lights
    Name: D Smith Town: Redcar
 
Q
does motorcycle trike need hazard warning lights?
A
Yes - See section 9.1
rear suspension mono shock absorber
    Name: Terry Town: Liskeard
 
Q
HI,
The rear suspension mono shock absorber on my 1990 Yamaha srx250 has developed a leak and currently has no oil in the damper section. The handling does not appear to be affected. Numerous searches for a replacement have failed.
Will I need to replace it before itís next MOT.

Thanks.
A
Section 2.3: Front Suspension & Wheel Bearings - says that a reason for rejection is "inadequate damping effect" since this is the job of the . shock absorber then the vehicle would fail. Also Oil leakage indicating failure of the seal is also a fail
No insurance MOT
    Name: Yvonne Town: scalesyvonne@hotmail.com
 
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My sons MOT and insurance ran out last month and he will be away for 6 months. It is parked in my drive. He has asked me to get his MOT done how do I get it to the garage without insurance.
A
You cannot drive without insurance but you can get a one day cover or if you drive your own car you could check your own insurance policy to see if you would be covered. There is no need to get the vehicle MOTíd until your ready to put it back on the road however.
MOT showing not valid
    Name: Raymond Rice Town:
 
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Why has my MOT showing not valid when I have a pass certificate
A
The computer system can sometimes have a delay of upto 5 days before showing up. If after 5 days it still shows no MOT then contact the DVSA
Daytime MOT
    Name: Bill mill Town: billmill1954@gmail.com
 
Q
If a car is never used at night does it need headlights to pass mot
A
It would need the lights removed, permanently disconnected, painted over or masked. The MOT tester would issue a VT32 advisory notice recording the above.
Motorcycle with no mirrors
    Name: Tom Town: Hudds
 
Q
I have a 1983 motorcycle with no mirrors, however there are mounting points. Will it pass MOT with mirrors?
A
Mirrors are not required for a motorbike MOT.
Brake test for a motorcycle
    Name: N Cosgrove Town: Magherafelt
 
Q
How is the brake test carried out for a motorcycle?
A
On the rollers just like a car if this is possible. Or a plate test if this is deemed impossible (Low clearance etc.) See http://www.ukmot.com/bike-3-3.asp
Imported Vehicle
    Name: Alex Class Town: London
 
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I have an Italian Honda CTX700, that apparently Honda decided not to sell in UK. Iíve imported it from Italy when I came over here to live. Iíve been told that even if I change the headlight and speedo (to mph) the bike mightnít 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 isnít 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.
A
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.
Moving Bike indicators
    Name: Matt Town: Lisburn
 
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Is it ok to remove the standard indicators on the front of my motorbike now that I have indicators on my mirrors or do I have to keep both? With my VTR being orange its not that easy to see the indicators which is why I got the mirrors, their much clearer for other to see.
A
There is no MOT advice on where the indicators are other than they must be visible and not in a position where the rider would obscure them. They must adhere to the indicator conditions of brightness and flash rate. ie
ē must show a light of the appropriate colour
ē must flash between 60 to 120 times per minute
ē cannot affect the operation of another lamp
Use old MOT Test Date? BY KeithIf an MoT test is taen before the previo...If an MoT test is taen before the previous one runs out, does the new MoT run until the expiry of the original?
Failed MOT BY Terrymy mot is un til 9-11-10 but ive put car...my mot is un til 9-11-10 but ive put car in on 26-10-10 and failed can i still drive car until the old one runs out on 9-11-10 or because it failed am i not allowed to drive it from my new test?
Smashed Light BY simonI have a smashed left fog light, can the...I have a smashed left fog light, can the car pass with broken fog lights?
No MOT, Fines?? BY AJRMy MOT has run out and my car failed the...My MOT has run out and my car failed the test. Itís in the garage getting fixed in order to pass. Will I get in trouble for not having a valid MOT, even though itís in the garage?
Power Steering BY MarkMy car has a leaking power steering rack...My car has a leaking power steering rack.  Would that fail MOT?
Reverse Light BY karenMy reversing light is not working but th...My reversing light is not working but the bulb is ok - will this fail on an MOT
Using Car without MOT BY Spencer The m.o.t. on my car ran out on the 16t... The m.o.t. on my car ran out on the 16th october 2010.It failed the m.o.t.  Iíve got the car booked in to a garage on the 20th of october to have the work done to the vehicle. Can i use the car in the meantime?
Refund on MOT BY StephenI have just sent my car for scrap and no...I have just sent my car for scrap and notified DVLA accordingly. Can I get a refund on my MOT fee for the unexpired period it covers (just over 3 months)?
Fines Through post BY Smith do you get an fine threw the post if yo... do you get an fine threw the post if your mot has run out but your car is on a drive
Failed MOT BY AndyHOW LONG CAN I DRIVE MY CAR IF IT HAS FA...HOW LONG CAN I DRIVE MY CAR IF IT HAS FAILED ITS MOT
Spare Tyre BY AnneDoes my spare tyre count...Does my spare tyre count
Retest at another Station BY peterCan I get a retest done at a different t...Can I get a retest done at a different test station?
Motorbike MOT Length BY AndyHow long is a Motorcycle MOT certificate...How long is a Motorcycle MOT certificate valid?
Early MOT Test BY pjHow soon before my current mot expires c...How soon before my current mot expires can I have it re-tested
MOT and TAX BY CarolineMy car will be 3 yrs old in the middle o...My car will be 3 yrs old in the middle of October. Will I need an MOT certificate when I tax it at the end of September?
Brakes Grinding BY Mitchell I have just bought a car that passed it... I have just bought a car that passed its mot on the 9/8/10 with an advisory that the disc were worn. After 20 miles the pads are non exsistant and discs are so worn that I feel the car is dangerous. The brakes grind like mad. Should the car have passed or not.
Airbags Not Working BY Pitmanif drivers airbag not working will vehic...if drivers airbag not working will vehicle fail m.o.t.
Old MOT after Failure BY Carolmy car failed its mot this week on fault...my car failed its mot this week on faulty exhaust bracket i have a mot on the car valid until 20september can i legally drive the car on this mot or does the recent failure override this
Getting MOT Abroard BY wengerI am currently abroad and my MOT is due,...I am currently abroad and my MOT is due, is there a possibility to do the MOT test abroad and/or can I do the MOT test when I am back (approx. 1 month after due date)? Thanks!
Motorbike out of MOT BY Stewartmy motorcycle is out of mot, am i legal ...my motorcycle is out of mot, am i legal to drive the bike down to the testing station or must I take it down on a trailer
Power Steering BY Welshis an inopperable power steering pump a ...is an inopperable power steering pump a failure
MOT Cost too Much BY SuzMy last MOT cost me £125 and all I neede...My last MOT cost me £125 and all I needed were new wiper blades, the rest was the MOT charge and labour.  I donít remember ever having labour charges before, is this normal?
Speedo BY RobertDoes the speedometer come into the test...Does the speedometer come into the test
Portugal MOT BY RobCan I have a british registered car MOTí...Can I have a british registered car MOTíd in Portugal
1st MOT BY peterwhen is my bike eligible for its first m...when is my bike eligible for its first mot it is a 07 plate
Italy MOT BY MicheleIím currently in Italy for a long period...Iím currently in Italy for a long period with my car. Can I take an MOT equivalent here? Or do it remotely maybe? I know thereís something similar which is valid from Spain. Thanks in advance
Non UK MOT BY JenniferCan I have a british registered car MOTí...Can I have a british registered car MOTíd in Portugal
Non UK MOT BY JenniferCan I have a british registered car MOTí...Can I have a british registered car MOTíd in Portugal
Exhaust Emissions BY RenzaHow do I check my exhaust emissions leve...How do I check my exhaust emissions level for my car Renault Megane Coupe 2000?
Garage MOT BY Benive brught a car from a small dealear 2n...ive brught a car from a small dealear 2nd hand his put a yeas mot on it for me can i take it for another mot in another garage to make sure it safe case his mates passed it for him if it fails what can i do about it
No Power steering BY SophieI have a Fiat Punto and a few months ago...I have a Fiat Punto and a few months ago the power steering just stopped working. Does this deem as unsafe? I am due for my MOT and if it will fail due to this, I will seek to fix it before.
No MOT BY Helencan i drive to test station without mot...can i drive to test station without mot
MOT Law BY Antonyhas the law not changed to four years ol...has the law not changed to four years old for a mot
Seat Belts and MOT BY hobdayCan an mot cert. be granted on a car who...Can an mot cert. be granted on a car whose rear set belt cannot be tested due the presence of a child seat?
Old Taxi BY davidI have recently got a new car that waz u...I have recently got a new car that waz used as a taxi and has an up to date PSV as i will not be using the car as a taxi what do i need to do? Thanks for your help.

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