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:
•non reflective borders
•and any background overprinting
A check of supplier details, postcode or BSAU marking is not
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.