1.3 Brakes lights

Information Method of Inspection Reason for rejection
This inspection applies to: all stop lamps fitted. Stop lamps are not a legal requirement if the vehicle is not fitted with any front or rear position lamps etc. (see 1.1).

Additional stop lamps
Any additional stop lamps fitted must be tested.

Vehicles first used on or after 1 January 1971
Must be fitted with at least two obligatory stop lamps.

Vehicles first used before 1 January 1971 Must be fitted with one stop lamp either on or to the offside of the vehicle centre line. If such a vehicle has two lamps fitted, it should be treated as a vehicle first used on or after 1 January 1971.

Vehicles first used before 1 January 1936
Are not required to be fitted with a stop lamp
1. Check that the correct number of stop lamps are fitted 1. an obligatory stop lamp missing or any stop lamp insecure.
2. Check that each stop lamp 2. A stop lamp
a. operates when the service brake is applied a. does not operate when the brake is applied
b. is complete, in good working order and in clean condition b. is incomplete, not in good working order or in clean condition, ie so damaged or deteriorated that its function is impaired

Note: An effective proprietary repair (eg lens repair tape etc) must be assessed on its merits considering security, light output and durability
c. emits a steady red light c. emits other than a steady red light when the service brake is applied, or remains on when the brake pedal is released
d. is securely fitted and facing the rear d. insecure or does not face the rear
e. is not obscured, and is not obviously incorrectly positioned Note: At least 50% of the lamp must be visible from the rear Note: The precise position of stop lamps is not part of the inspection, but where two lamps are fitted, check visually that each lamp is located at about the same height, and  the same distance inboard from the side of the vehicle e. obscured or obviously incorrectly positioned
f. is not adversely affected by the operation of any other lamp. f. adversely affected by the operation of another lamp, eg dual-function lamps on foreign vehicles

Note: On vehicles first used before 1 September 1965, it is acceptable for a direction indicator lamp to be incorporated with a stop lamp.

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