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    MOT Test of Lights

    The headlamps are checked for alignment with a Beam Setter. The headlamp beam image will be a fail if it is clearly incorrect. After first aligning the equipment with the vehicle, the left and right headlamp beams are checked to ensure they are correctly set so as not to dazzle other road users.

    All required lights are checked for:

    • Operation
    • Condition
    • Security


    With the exception of headlamps, all lamps must have at least 50% of the light source illuminating.

    All lamps must be visible from a reasonable distance (not obscured by products on the light lens or source.

    Side lights and headlamps

    • are the correct type and colour
    • dip and aim
    • LED and HiD headlamps: automatic levelling or cleaning device inoperative or obviously defective
    • 'tell-tale' device does not iluminate when main beam is selected


    Stop lights, indicators and hazard lights*

    • are the correct type and colour
    • do not interfere with each other in operation
    • driver's tell-tale works with respect to indicators, or there is an audible warning system
    • hazard lights fitted and operative


    Rear Fog lamps**

    • must be fitted to the centre or offside of the vehicle
    • tell-tale must work
    • must not be affected by other lamps and not be obscured
    • must be red.


    Registration Plate lamps (Class (v): incl. end outline marker lamps)

    • All lamps fitted must be working
    • must illuminate with a single operation of the switch


    Rear reflectors

    There must be two red reflectors fitted reasonably symmetrically, securely attached and not obscured.

    * Must be fitted to all vehicles first used on or after 1st April 1986, but if fitted, must be Tested.
    ** Must be fitted to all vehicles first used on or after 1st April 1980.