Thought I'd pass on this thread in the 8P section about MOT changes next year.
MOT changes from april 2012
nice one scotty dog!
as it happens just booked mine for next wednesday!
Well mines fine then. Just looked at the updated test manual, and it doesn't specify "automated" levelling systems, so the thumbwheel and headlamp wash will do just fineHeadlight requirements are updated to take account of the particular characteristics of High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps.
HID headlights can cause dazzle if they are dirty or aimed too high so car manufacturers must fit headlamp cleaning and levelling systems. A car will fail if a mandatory headlamp cleaning or levelling system is missing, doesn't work or is obviously defective.
Vehicles equipped with High Intensity Discharge
(HID) or LED dipped beam headlamps may be fitted
with headlamp washers and a suspension or
headlamp self levelling system.
Where such systems are fitted, they must work;
however, it is accepted that it may not be possible
to readily determine the functioning of self levelling
systems. In such cases, the benefit of the doubt
must be given.
Headlamp washers may work in conjunction with
the windscreen washers (when the dipped beam
headlamps are switched on) or by a separate
HID lamps may be identified by:
• taking a few seconds to reach full intensity
• having a bluish tinge to the light
• having an igniter module/inverter behind the
• having ‘DCR’ marked on the headlamp lens.
HID headlamps use high voltage and extra care
should be taken when inspecting these items.
Here's the crucial bit that makes the fitment of retro fit HID kits a non fail item
Depends if thats the exact wording though. UK Law doesnt allow HID's at all directly. European Type approval overrides the UK construction and Use regs however, and the type approval for HID's states they must have washers, and an automatic levelling system either on the headlight, or the vehicle as a whole.
Thing is, a) they may well simply amend it before its implemented.
b) if your tester ignores "may" and fails you, your only option at that point is to appeal to vosa, on the grounds that while you DO have illegally fitted HID's, they put the word "may" into the testers handbook...
why not avoid the retest and just put bulbs in for the test
people can misread things so it can easily be resolved, involving VOSA at the moment could turn messy for the tester and testing site considering a lot are losing their jobs this year
You really think its going to turn messy for the tester, failing a car that ACTUALLY HAS illegally fitted headlights due to what is effectively a typo?
Why not just do the job properly, and if you want to use HID's, add the appropriate features that the law requires? The features arent there for fun, they are there so you dont blind other drivers, which i'm sure you'll agree is a fairly useful feature. Or maybe you've never had the pleasure of driving along a dark country road and finding some berk coming towards you in his chavved up hatch with retrofitted HID's burning your retinas out?
I shall admit that my car does currently have HID's without levelling and washing, however the levelling kit is in the shed and the washer parts are mostly laying in the garden, so its merely a matter of finding some time to install them, and they will certainly be on there by the time MOT comes around.
you can't say that till you've fitted them lol
and it's not a typo, that really is how it is so any tester who fails one and it leads to appeal they would get 20 points straight off if unlucky
reason i say at the moment it becasue VOSA had to cull 200 staff a year ago and i hear another 500 will go this year so they are out and about trying to catch testing stations out to justify their jobs rather then the old normal site visits.
it was only a couple of weeks ago i had a ford ka sat behind me with some really bad HID's fitted, problem was made worse from oncoming cars putting main beam on in MY face to expose their anger :|
Exactly, so i see no problem with failing the ****ers and getting them off the road. Its rare i see a retrofitted car that DOESNT have rediculous glare.
Ofcourse its a typo. The law specifies that cars with HID's MUST have washers and levelling. The manual says they may have washers and levelling. How can that be anything other than a typo. If the law requires them to be fitted, and your going to improve the MOT test to check for them, then why on earth have they put the word "may" in there. The only possible explanation is that its a mistake.
take a look at all the imported cars we have in this country that have ALL gone through SVA's
i'll use the integra as example seeing as i know them well, a lot of the later "98 spec" ones came with HID's from factory and they don't have self leveling or washers.
the MOT has to be as clear as possible and you'll find they have gone slightly backwards on this as it's not straight forward enough to work out if a car has standard fit HID's or not, that comes down to product knowlage.
the cheap tat that most have fitted is down to the traffic police to sort unfortunatly
Last edited by Goosey; 17th January 2012 at 12:19.
if that wasn't right then yes they would :-)
how do i get around my airbag light, have bucket seats and harnesses the only thing left connected is the passenger airbag, so even if i put the steering wheel back and refit my seat belts and plug them in i still have a light on as the seat airbag isnt connected!! can i link them out with a resistor? or is that "not allowed". some things are very vague and open to alot of interpretation. if it passes this time ( march) and the issues listed as advisories would vosa still rape me if pulled over?
god damn it just got the car how i wanted it!!!!
Yeah that is correct Scott. IF he was talking about abs
The airbag system can be fooled by adding a resistor, though the value escapes me. Or blank off the light (or pull it out) i'd have to blank off the led as its soldered to the board, yours may simply be a bulb
my girlfriends car is in for its mot on saturday so will have to find out what is required, shame you cant just take the whole system out but thats not ok either, although you are allowed to remove the abs system as long as all components are removed...... theres just no logic to it!
IIRC, the Airbag light is monitered. I'm certain that the MOT tester last year was on about it when I took a Clio in that I was selling. Sometimes the light would stay on for alot longer than a start-up check but it did always go out within 5mins of driving. I said about pulling the bulb out and he didn't look impressed at all!
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I got a feeling it will become a fail when it all changes in April.
I'm trying to find the answer but other forums are saying it will be.
I personally hope they fail every car with non standard, non factory fitted HID's as i am so fed up with getting dazzled by them. It does my firkin' head in.
nope if the car had airbags as standard. even if you rig the light to come on and go off.....
if it obviously has no drivers airbag in the steering wheel..... it will fail under "components missing" reguardless of the light seemingly working.
as for hid's i'll be failing after market bodged in systems..... "may" or not.
good news in my eyes, should see less idiots with HID's on the road in their "broadcast" type headlights, the amount of times i have lost visual contact with the road because of these idiots with HID's in a normal type headlight is stupid
I don't want to raise any not necessary discussion here but I had a A6 special edition few months ago for few weeks and I was surprised how high headlights were set. Now driving in a S3 8P it's exactly the same. In fact when I had HID kit fitted to my B6 they were lower than the ones in A6 and S3.I did lower them a bit not to blind other drivers and never had anyone flashing me etc.
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2007 A4 S-Line Special Edition Quattro 2.0 TDI 170 in silver GONE
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as for the airbags then you've have to prove that SRS wasn't standard on your car, can be done by removing components on a car where SRS was an optional extra, benafit of doubt would lie with the presenter.
if it's anything newish or known for them all the have SRS then unfortunatly it's all going to have to be there and working.
i must admit i thought/hoped that the SRS would have fallen into the same criteria as ABS.
or at least covered by the same loophole for drivers seat adjustment for fixed bucket seats
Be interesting how this effects my brother as he converts cars for disabled drivers which often means removal of the airbag for the fitment of hand controls.
it won't, we've got a customer that has the same problem as it needs a modified steering wheel.
there's a section about specialised modifications that covers doors and seats, nothing in the SRS section though, can't see it being a problem
After april the airbag light will be testable and it must work and must not stay illuminted the new criteria also states any airbag missing be it dash steering wheel or seats etc if any have been removed the car will fail
I'm not so sure on the air bags.
Surely if you can prove they're simply not fitted at all, rather than being fitted but being broken and you've masked the light...
My track car has no airbag ECU, no airbags and no airbag wiring.
The rumors floating round seem to be that if its obviously a proper competition car the tester can use his discretion:
Road legal track cars & new MOT rules....thoughts?
New MOT regs
had a tester on a refresher recently and some of these questions came up, seems VOSA staff have mixed/incorrect opinions on some items.
for example the requirements of a steering lock, the tester said he was told any electronic immobiliser (standard or aftermarket) meets the criteria but one of these aftermarket locks doesn't??
how the hell does some alarm lock the steering lol
either VOSA are seriously failing at teaching more than normal or people are not listening
I have been through three MOT beam pattern tests without issue.
Was pulled by the Police (undeservedly I may add) and despite it being at night and them looking for a reason to apply some paperwork they didnt pick them as aftermarket.
I have never been flashed to my knowledge either
I suspect that if I had the MOT done at Kwikfit that they wouldnt even know they were aftermarket.
Without removing the headlamp or putting it on a ramp and removing the undertray you cant see any external wiring.
the only other way is to remove the back of the headlamp unit and hunt around for the H7 connector the HID power is plugged into. still not easy to find unless you knew what you were looking for.
Same goes for airbags. If you have your circuit properly "resistored" to deal with lights coming on and going off and a dummy steering wheel airbag or aftermarket wheel there is no reason for them to fail you.