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    MOT Test of Windscreen

    Includes all items affecting the driver's view of the road: the condition of the windscreen, the wipers and washers. Satnavs in the windscreen, furry dice, air fresheners or trinkets hanging from the mirror are not allowed.

    Chips or cracks in the windscreen directly in front of the driver, in the area swept by the wiper blades, are acceptable if they are less than 10mm in diameter. In the rest of the swept area, up to 40mm diameter damage is acceptable.

    Change in policy (Oct 2011) "...it is permissible to have a defect larger than 10mm in the swept area of zone A, as long as it is not in the 'drivers view of the road'. Should now be "Pass and advise".

    Official stickers (any used in connection with road enforcement, security or crime prevention matters) that are not readily removable are only a reason for rejection if they restrict the driver's view.

    CLASS (v): window, screen or partition must not be missing

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    Above: MOT Windscreen Test - areas where damage is allowed

    Washers and wipers

    • Operation
    • Extent of area swept by the wipers
    • Condition of the wiper blades

    Reasons for Rejection

    Wipers and Washers

    a. A wiper or washer control missing or inaccessible to the driver
    b. a wiper does not continue to operate automatically when switched on
    c. a wiper installed for the use of the driver does not operate over an area of the windscreen large enough to give the driver an adequate view of the road (through the windscreen) to the left and right sides of the vehicle, as well as to the front.

    A wiper blade insecure, missing, or in such a condition that it does not clear the windscreen effectively to give the driver an adequate view of the road (through the windscreen) to the left and right sides of the vehicle, as well as to the front.

    The windscreen washers do not provide enough liquid to clear the windscreen in conjunction with the wiper(s).