inspection applies to: all machines, except those which
have neither front nor rear position lamps, or have such
lamps permanently disconnected, painted over or masked that
only used during daylight hours, and
not used at times of seriously reduced visibility
If this situation occurs the machine presenter should be
issued with a VT32 (advisory notice) recording the above.
A motor bicycle first used before 1 January 1931
does not need a headlamp.
A motor bicycle is only required to have a dipped-beam headlamp
(but may also have a main beam) if it: ! was first used
on or after 1 May 1995 and cannot exceed 30 mph / 50 km/h
with an engine capacity not exceeding 50cc, or
was first used before 1 January 1972 and with
an engine capacity of less than 50cc.
any machine having a maximum speed not exceeding
30mph / 50km/h.
Twin headlamp systems
On twin headlamp systems only one or both headlamps may
need to be illuminated for either dipped or main beam. Each
headlamp that can be illuminated on dipped beam must meet
the requirement for dipped beam headlamps. Twin headlamps
must be mounted either one above the other or symmetrically
without regard to any sidecar and not more than 200mm apart
measured from the edge of the reflecting surface. The tester
should advise if both headlights should illuminate for either
function and only one does so.
On machines without a battery or with an insufficiently
charged battery, it will be necessary to run the engine
Check the headlamp emits a WHITE or YELLOW light
2. Check that the illumination of the
headlamp is not affected by the operation of any other lamp
or the horn and does not flicker when tapped (see information
3. Check the condition and security of the headlamp.
4. Check the condition, operation and security of the switch.
The headlamp does not emit a light which is substantially
WHITE or YELLOW in colour
2. a. does not have at least one headlamp which illuminates
when selected on:
(i) dipped beam
(ii) main beam
b. operation of the dip switch does not
(i) extinguish all main beam headlamps and leave on at least
one dipped beam headlamp, or
(ii) deflect the main beam/s to make them dipped beam/s.
c. either beam as selected is affected by the operation
of another lamp or the horn, or which flickers when tapped
lightly by hand (See info column)
a. a headlamp missing or so damaged or deteriorated that
its function is impaired. (See info column)
b. an insecure headlamp.
4. A faulty or insecure switch