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|Gretchibald||Thank you and you are correct , they had no interest in the tarnished reflectors , - oh and the van passed it's MOT yesterday.|
Perhaps this is too late and you have had the van MOTed. I was chatting to a friend of my sons who is an MOT inspector here in N. Ireland. He said that they were not interested in rust or tarnishing of the headlamp reflectors, but would be looking at the lens, with regard to yellowing or discolouration.
|Gretchibald||Excellent info, thank you.|
The source for the reference guides is at the link below
< here >
An overview of the new rule changes can be found here < overview >
Regarding diesels with a dpf, my mate reckons that the bit that states:
"Your vehicle will get a major fault if the MOT tester:" (that's a fail)
"can see smoke of any colour coming from the exhaust"
"finds evidence that the DPF has been tampered with"
will instantly take a large number of diesels off the road!
Originally Posted by Gretchibald View Post
The current testers reference doesn't specifically mention the reflector component, the nearest is "Method of Inspection 5", parts a. and b. which state; "is in good working order" and "shows light of the correct colour", failure reason for part a. is "inoperative, excessively damaged or deteriorated, or has a product on the lens or light source so that the light output is well below that required to illuminate the road ahead". so i believe they are fine if the rust doesn't effect the output and they can't be failed due to one looking rusty, a mate of mine owns a test station so i could check with him if you like?
the above is from the testers reference, page 2 of section 1.7, which can be found here <mot test reference>
From the 20th of May the rules change and the new reference can be found here
< new reference >
section 4.1 does mention the reflector and states that "slightly defective" is a minor, whereas "seriously defective or missing" is a major (i.e. fail).
Hope this helps
|yarmouth||I use one in Maidstone that only do MOTs. As to the OPs post, the MOT has now got a lot stricter so doubt it will pass with tarnished reflectors, all depends on the tester.|
Even in England I go to a MOT Test Station that only does tests and no repair work. They do Class 7 as well as Class 4 and do coaches, so are quite familiar with commercial running gear etc.
Originally Posted by Penquin View Post
Same here with centres ONLY doing Controle Technique inspections and no repairs - tat way the likelihood of a failure being followed by work being done by the same garage has been removed and it seems so much more sensible - but the UK recently rejected the idea of an MoT being valid for 2 years (as ours are) as "it would cost jobs".
To me that smacks of the Government is aware of the dubious practices and do not want to curtail them - there have been numerous reports of garages failing on dubious or downright wrong points and then doing unnecessary work before eventually awarding the "pass" certificate and lightening the wallet of the owner often y very large sums...... Such things could be stopped at a stroke -- but that option was rejected......
Originally Posted by GMJ View Post
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