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    MOT - if its fitted, does it have to work ?

    A comment I heard this week is that due to a change on the MOT, if something is fitted then it has to work.

    My example is the reverse light - the switch on the box is knackered and the reverse light doesn’t work - Bearing in mind it was a 1980 Granada originally and was built in 1989.

    Have I got to:
    1) Ignore it, it isn’t tested
    2) remove the lamp off the back for the test (not fitted, nt tested) or
    3) cobble something together to make it work ?
    David (AKA Firestarter29)

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    I think number 1 is the least likely.

    I know a spare wheel will fail if it doesn’t have legal tread depths, but if the wheels missing it will pass.

    I would say 2 is your best option, if 3 is not possible but then I’m not an MOT tester.

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    Mine passed Tuesday
    I have no reversing light at all
    Take it off
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    I'm fairly certain this that has always been the case - if fitted it must work.

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    Reversing light is NOT a testable item - fitted working, fitted not working, not fitted - all are a Pass.

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    Hi David,

    General rule is that if something is fitted, it should work. - according to an MOT tester I used.

    However a quick look at the MOT inspection manual on the Gov website says that reversing lights are only tested on cars first used from 1st September 2009. So you should be ok to leave it as is currently. You may need to advise the MOT tester to the relevant section 4.6 in the testers manual if the reversing lamp results in a fail.
    https://www.mot-testing.service.gov....ml#section_4.6

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    I still think, if it’s fitted it needs to work.

    If you’re reversing with a faulty light someone behind will think you aren’t moving.

    Is there’s no light, they will need to check whether you’re moving or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cperry View Post
    I still think, if it’s fitted it needs to work.

    If you’re reversing with a faulty light someone behind will think you aren’t moving.

    Is there’s no light, they will need to check whether you’re moving or not.
    The question is why bother fitting one if it doesn't work and if it stops then fix it, its all part of the hobby isn't it ??
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    It did work, but the gearbox change caused an issue with the switch. I have a new switch on the dash now but the fag of jacking the car up, getting underneath and sorting the wiring is a pain in this weather. I also thought when I started this thread that the MOT was due soon, but it turns out i have until June to do it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter29 View Post
    It did work, but the gearbox change caused an issue with the switch. I have a new switch on the dash now but the fag of jacking the car up, getting underneath and sorting the wiring is a pain in this weather. I also thought when I started this thread that the MOT was due soon, but it turns out i have until June to do it
    David I have some heavy duty car ramps with some add on extensions to make a gentle slope to avoid the risk of slipping. You’re welcome to borrow when your ready.
    Dek

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