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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 17-04-2009, 18:57 Thread Starter
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MOT's, towbars and number plates

I seem to remember a bit of discussion some time ago in connection with testers failing vehicles at MOT test for having incorrect number plates.

If you look on the VOSA site at - http://tinyurl.com/db4j9l - you'll see that as well as new test fees being introduced, number plates are being inspected again - and to add to your pain, towbars are to be included in the MOT test.

Specifically the test will be a visual assessment to identify:
•excessive corrosion, fractures or damage
•wear and tear of a tow ball, jaw, hook or eye
•the presence, security and suitability of retaining nuts, bolts, pins and locking devices
•towbar condition and security
•mounting points for excessive damage, corrosion, fractures or inadequate repairs

With reference to number plates - the test will also be reintroduceing certain registration plate checks that were previously suspended. This includes a check of the registration plate:
•colour
•non reflective borders
•and any background overprinting

A check of supplier details, postcode or BSAU marking is not being reintroduced.

The above comes into force on 27 April this year.

So, make sure your number plate is legal (correctly spaced and size of lettering, numbers etc) and your tow-bar is not worn, insecure, corroded, then you'll be a happy bunny and provided all the other bits are OK, your vehicle will pass its Annual Test.

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Hooray!!!
This obviously will not be a problem to anyone. Towbars will be checked annually as part of a service or by the owner. And, of course nobody has an illegal number plate with incorrecct spacing or illegal fonts.
So no worries there for any responsible owner.
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Hooray!!! This obviously will not be a problem to anyone. ..... So no worries there for any responsible owner.
You on the old Jungle Juice again tonight, Gerry.

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Can I take my tongue out of my cheek now Dougie?
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MOT's, towbars and number plates

seems sensible additions to the MOT Test to me.
I wonder if "A Frame" mountings will come under this new test.
The wording of the test is vague enough for some over-eager tester to include it!!

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Can I take my tongue out of my cheek now Dougie?
Indeed, and an enjoyable piece of langue effrontée it was that came out of your langue dans la joue

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A tow bar is a tow bar back or front

Loddy

If we don't check the front one if something goes wrong a jobsworth will try and hang us.
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