MOT: do I need reversing lights?

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tom hardwick
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Hi guys, anyone know if I need working reversing lights to get my 2001 car through the MOT? Bulbs are ok, I'm pretty sure it's the gearbox switch.

JOHN . A.V.
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If they are fitted they do need to work so You`ll get a knockback if they don`t

Adrian.P
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The tester didn't check my reversing lights a couple of months ago.

On the back he did check stop, tail, rear fog lights and each flasher, as I stood and watched him.

By the way he did say that next year when the new super MOT comes in, he will be checking the contacts on trailer sockets if fitted!(which I have)

Barry Hunter
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You do not need reversing lights to pass an MOT, it`s not part of the test at this time. Trust me, I`m a retired (almost) mechanic :-)

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tom hardwick
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Er - thanks guys for the somewhat conflicting advice. In fact I use my powerful fog lights to reverse into my garage so it's no great loss.

Gavin Gration
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Google is you friend...things you don't need for an MOT test:-

A spare wheel.
You do not need road tax providing your car is pre-booked & the sole purpose of your journey is to travel to the pre-booked MOT test station (this must not include a stop for petrol etc).
The old MOT certificate.
Removeable seats for some MPV's & people carriers do not have to be re-fitted for the MOT test, the seatbelts (with the seats removed) in this instance are not a testable item.
Rear wiper.
Rear washer.
N/S/R fog lights.
Front fog lights.
Reverse lights.
The airbag warning system is not part of the MOT test.

Source.....

http://www.basingstokemotandtyrecentre.co.uk/mot_information.html

JOHN . A.V.
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Joined: May 6 1999

Well I guess I stand corrected. I have always understood that anything electrical that is operated by driver control in the vehicle has to work !!

Gavin Gration
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Confession:- In a former life I was a vehicle inspector........

It has been a while and they do keep changing the rules though - I recently found out about the "dim-dip" law being abandoned (only about 20 years ago! :D )

DAVE M
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I think that the proviso is that if they are fitted, they need to work.

Although on an old motorcycle, you don't need indicators, my mate's bike was fitted with an old (period) set of flashers that didn't work and he failed his MOT. The solution was to remove them for the test

Barry Hunter
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DAVE M wrote:
I think that the proviso is that if they are fitted, they need to work.

Although on an old motorcycle, you don't need indicators, my mate's bike was fitted with an old (period) set of flashers that didn't work and he failed his MOT. The solution was to remove them for the test

With respect, listen to what Gavin & I have said! REVERSING LIGHTS ARE NOT PART OF THE TEST!

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tom hardwick
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Thanks guys. Google is indeed my friend, but you lot are much nicer friends.