Marker Lights requirement for MOT?

trevskoda

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Numberplate bulbs are always failing on motors - usually due to tailgate/boot lid slamming. My T4 used to have to have a new one every year.
Thats 100% as my skoda did that, but once led bulbs were fitted the problem went away, my van has all the bulbs led except the h lights
 

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There is an interesting proviso in that article ....

"Vehicles do not need to be fitted with position lamps, or may have such lamps permanently disconnected, painted over or masked if they are:


  • only used during daylight hours, and
  • not used at times of seriously reduced visibility

In this situation, you should issue an advisory. These vehicles do not need end-outline marker lamps."

So take vehicle for a test and tell tester you don't use it in the dark or when the weather is very poor (which is very likely true for many motorhome owners).
The tester is obliged to inspect and no more.
What used to be known as a 'daytime MOT' (Actually no such thing exists)

However get caught using a vehicle tested as such in the dark and its a world of pain.

Far better to correct the defects
 

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What used to be known as a 'daytime MOT' (Actually no such thing exists)

However get caught using a vehicle tested as such in the dark and its a world of pain.

Far better to correct the defects
not denying the last point at all. Purely commenting on the technical aspect.
 

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I have a very understanding MOT chappie, if there is a problem he gives an advisory on which I will repair within a couple of days then let him know it has been done. Saves on me returning for the re-test as it is a two hour return journey excluding the MOT. Have been using the same guy the past 20 odd years. I usually give the vehicle a once over before heading for anything obvious.
 

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No advisories here, my car failed on what he said was an under depth tread which I saw 2mm on the gauge, so £15 and back again for retest Saterday.
 

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Mate is a tester..... top light markers must work , side markers don't matter so just tape them up if they dont work...
New law on windscreens though.... dont have anything hanging on internal mirror or stickers in the screen including sat navs and cameras, some testers will fail that.... he calls 'em tossers
 

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Wondering about my WC sticker on the front left bottom corner of my screen. 🤔
Yes furry dice magic trees etc no longer allowed to hang from rear v mirror.
 

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I have a very understanding MOT chappie, if there is a problem he gives an advisory on which I will repair within a couple of days then let him know it has been done. Saves on me returning for the re-test as it is a two hour return journey excluding the MOT. Have been using the same guy the past 20 odd years. I usually give the vehicle a once over before heading for anything obvious.
There used to be a notorious MOT garage near me. I needed a cheap car once when my own was crashed.... Bought an Renault 12 MOT Failure for £50 (slightly broken seat base), took it to that garage and gave them £30 (I think it was) to cover the MOT and 'any repairs' and collected it later that day with a fresh ticket. One sidelight was out and apparently that failed after the MOT was completed ;)
All this well before computerisation of course!
 

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WE get some English mot tested cars here and to be honest they must have been backhanders, should have been in a scrap yard, very very strict over here.
 

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There used to be a notorious MOT garage near me. I needed a cheap car once when my own was crashed.... Bought an Renault 12 MOT Failure for £50 (slightly broken seat base), took it to that garage and gave them £30 (I think it was) to cover the MOT and 'any repairs' and collected it later that day with a fresh ticket. One sidelight was out and apparently that failed after the MOT was completed ;)
All this well before computerisation of course!
This is not a dodgy mot, he knows I shall repair whats needing done.
 

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Does anyone KNOW if the top level Marker lights (on the corners on a tallish Motorhome) are an MOT requirement or not?

One of mine is out and it is cold outside so if I can delay getting up a ladder for another time I don't mind the light not working. But I don't want an MOT failure becuase of that, of course!
So just collected the old boy and asked specifically about the lights ....
Definate fail if the lights were not operational, as was generally expected. I did wonder if reflectors would have counted but that would not be sufficient.
The lens was cracked and the bottom of the glass had rust stains, so that would not of helped (I needed to clean the fitting before the new bulb would light up) so I think I'll probably get a pair of new lens for the fittings and maybe replace with LED bulbs as well?
This light fitting might also explain the random bulb out warning on the dashboard? I looked around when that has been on and everything was working but may not have noticed the top markers (can be hard to see as setback a fair way).
 

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The original rear high level marker lights on my van had clip-on lenses. After losing two in rapid succession on the nearside when brushing past fairly minor foliage, I decided to fit some that were more secure and while doing so thought they might as well be LED. I got some of these a few years ago and have had no trouble since.
As for MOT requirements, I have always understood as others have said that any lights fitted to the vehicle must be working
 

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Wondering about my WC sticker on the front left bottom corner of my screen. 🤔
Yes furry dice magic trees etc no longer allowed to hang from rear v mirror.
I have the same sticker along with 2 more . He said tossers will fail that..
 

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