MOTORCYCLE MOT TEST

Extracts reproduced from the MOT Inspection Manual by kind permission of
THE VEHICLE INSPECTORATE. MOT Manual for Bikes

Front & Rear position lamps Tyres
Headlights Wheels
Stop Lamps Security
Rear Reflectors Brake Controls
Direction Indicators Brake Systems
Headlamp Aim Brake Performance
Steering Control Wheel Alignment
Steering System Horn (Audible Warning)
Front Suspension & Wheel Bearings Suspension & Wheel Bearings
Rear Suspension & Wheel bearings Wheel Alignment (Solo machine)
Registration Plates and Vehicle Identification Number Seats, Footrests and Transmission
Exhaust System Fuel System
Appendix  


1.2 Headlights

Information Method of Inspection Reason for rejection
This 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 are
• 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
1. 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 column).


3. Check the condition and security of the headlamp.

4. Check the condition, operation and security of the switch.
1. 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)

3.
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
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