MOT Test of Mirrors – Visibility (3)
View to the rear
This section is now covered under the new general section ‘Visibility’ (3), which includes Windscreens, and is repeated in the relevant section on this website here.
The Tester will check that all mandatory rear-view mirrors or indirect vision devices provide an adequate view to the rear from the driver’s seat.
M1 vehicles first used on or after 26 Jan 2010 will need to have 3 mirrors – one fitted to the vehicle offside and nearside plus the interior mirror – unless the interior mirror cannot give a view to the rear, for example if a bulkhead is fitted.
Indirect vision cameras may replace mirrors on some vehicles. If such devices are fitted, the camera(s) and the screen will be inspected.
Rear view mirrors and indirect vision devices can be any of the following positions:
- an exterior mirror or device that provides a view along the offside of the vehicle
- an exterior mirror or device that provides a view along the nearside of the vehicle
- an interior mirror or device which provides a view to the rear of the vehicle
The following categories apply to defects in this section:
|a. Obligatory mirror or device missing|
|b. Obligatory mirror or device:|
i. slightly damaged or loose
|ii. inoperative, excessively damaged or insecure|
|c. Obligatory mirror or device not providing an adequate view to the rear|
Link to all MOT Test procedures and failure items descriptions HERE