MOT Test of Lights and Headlamps

MOT Test of lights and headlamps

Lights: MOT Test checks description

The headlamps are checked for alignment with a beam setter. 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

Side lights and headlamps

are the correct type and colour
dip and aim.

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.

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.

Number plate lamps

All lamps fitted must be working.

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.

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