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Hi guys,

Just to let you all know some MOT legislations came into affect on the 20th March 2013 these may affect some people and are as follows. Also proper link so people dont think im talking bull.
http://www.dft.gov.uk/vosa/repositor...RCH%202013.pdf

Electronic parking brake
Electronic parking brake controls are now included and must be present and not inappropriately repaired or modified - repair obviously likely to adversely affect the roadworthiness of the vehicle or modification that has seriously weakened the component.

(The 'inappropriately repaired or modified' check is to be applied to a wide range of systems and components throughout the vehicle.)

The car will fail if an Electronic Parking Brake warning lamp is illuminated to indicate a malfunction.

Electronic Stability Control
Checks of antilock brakes will be extended to include Electronic Stability Control if fitted. The tester will check for the presence and correct operation of the ESC malfunction warning light together with looking for obviously missing, excessively damaged or inappropriately repaired or modified components and electrical wiring, as well as an ESC switch missing, insecure or faulty.

Warning lights
As well as electronic parking brake and electronic stability control warning lights (where fitted) the MOT test will also include checks for the correct function of the following, where fitted;

Headlight main beam warning light
Electronic power steering warning light
Brake fluid level warning light
Seat belt pre-tensioner warning light
Steering & suspension
The new test includes a check on the presence and correct function of the steering lock where fitted as standard.

Missing, or split/damaged dust covers on steering and suspension ball-joints will result in failure if they will allow dirt to enter the joint.

Power steering fluid level must be above the minimum level indicated on the reservoir.

Lighting
Products on the lens or light source that obviously reduce the light's intensity or change its colour will become a reason for failure – applies to front/rear position lamps, registration plate lamps, stop lamps, rear fog and direction indicators,

Headlight 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 they are generally (if light output exceeds 2000 lumens) fitted in conjunction with headlamp cleaning and levelling systems. Where HID or LED dipped beam headlamps are fitted the tester will switch on the headlamps and check the operation of any headlamp levelling and cleaning devices fitted.

The car will fail if a headlamp levelling or cleaning device is inoperative or otherwise obviously defective.

If a headlamp bulb is not seated correctly the resulting beam pattern will be indistinct and this will result in a test fail.

Electrical wiring and battery
An insecure battery will be a reason for failure as will a battery that is leaking electrolyte.

Visible wiring that is insecure, inadequately supported or likely to cause a short will also result in a failure as will wires bared by damaged insulation.

Trailer/caravan electrical socket
There will be a basic security/damage check of 7-pin sockets,

13-pin sockets will be subject to a full electrical connectivity check and incorrectly connected or inoperative circuits will result in failure.

Tyres
Tyre pressure monitoring systems fitted to vehicles first registered after 1 January 2012 must be working correctly and not indicating a malfunction.

Supplementary restraints
The vehicle will fail the test if any airbag fitted as original equipment is obviously missing or defective.

A seatbelt pre-tensioner fitted as original equipment but missing or that has obviously deployed will be a reason for failure.

Seatbelt load limiters that are missing where fitted as standard or folding webbing type limiters that have obviously deployed are also reasons for failure.

The vehicle will also fail if a Supplementary Restraint System (SRS) malfunction indicator lamp indicates a system malfunction.

Speedometer
The car will fail if a speedometer is not fitted, is incomplete, inoperative, has a dial glass broken/missing or cannot be illuminated.

Seats
It must be possible to secure the driver's seat fore and aft adjustment mechanism in two or three different positions. On electric seats the motors must move the seat fore and aft.

Doors
A rear door that cannot be opened from the outside using the relevant control is a new reason for failure.

Doors must be easy to open and close – hinges, catches and pillars will be inspected.

Towbars
Inappropriate repair or modification to the towbar assembly will be a reason for failure if judged likely to affect the roadworthiness of the vehicle/trailer.

Exhaust
A catalytic convertor fitted as original equipment but missing will be a reason for failure.

Fuel system
Damaged or chafed fuel pipes will result in failure.


Suplementary restraints and Exhaust are the main ones I can see,

where airbags if fitted from new must be present. This will affect those with aftermarket steering wheels.
where a catalytic converter is fitted but missing is also a failure, no mention of diesel or petrol so assume all.

INb4 dodgey MOT as im not fussed just wanted to alert people to them
 

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So with regards to HIDs, how do you convert 8000k into lumens? Or doesn't it work like that? To me it sounds like they are ok as long as they do not exceed 2000 lumens? :S
 

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I thought 8000k is 8000 lumens? Even so you need self levellers and washers for them to be legal regardless of what lumens they are
 

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As Alan said, 8000k is the colour temp, measured in kelvin

Lumens is a measure of how bright something is.
 

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Found this lads, hope it helps,

4300k D2S Philips = 3200lm (lumens)
4300k D2R Philips = 2800lm (lumens)
4300k D2S Philips = 2400lm (lumens) actually 5800k
4300k D2R Philips = 2000lm (lumens) actually 5800k
4800k D4S/R (brand) = 3800 (lumens) ** brightest in the market
5800k D4S/R (brand) = 3300 (lumens)
7000k D2S other = 1790lm (lumens) *(other bulb brand)
7000k D2R other = 1390lm (lumens) *(other bulb brand)
8000k D2S other = 1180lm (lumens) *(other bulb brand)
8000k D2R other = 780lm (lumens) *(other bulb brand)
 

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It don't say it will fail if the lamp washers and levellers aren't fitted, only if defective or not working!
djgregory is correct HIDs are illegal if they do not have levelers or washers but we all have them fitted knowing these features are not present :p
 

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I thought 8000k is 8000 lumens? Even so you need self levellers and washers for them to be legal regardless of what lumens they are
Wrong.

Any car which goes in with Hids fitted after factory they will pass as long as they have a beam pattern, even if they dnt have levellers or washers.
But say a BMW,merc,Audi etc with Hids/factory xeons which will have washers/levellers as they were fitted at factory goes for mot and the beam is okay but either the washers/levellers dnt work then its failed
 

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djgregory is correct HIDs are illegal if they do not have levelers or washers but we all have them fitted knowing these features are not present :p
No he's not
 
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Wrong.

Any car which goes in with Hids fitted after factory they will pass as long as they have a beam pattern, even if they dnt have levellers or washers.
But say a BMW,merc,Audi etc with Hids/factory xeons which will have washers/levellers as they were fitted at factory goes for mot and the beam is okay but either the washers/levellers dnt work then its failed
Nice to see someone on here has accurate information for once
 

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Wrong.

Any car which goes in with Hids fitted after factory they will pass as long as they have a beam pattern, even if they dnt have levellers or washers.
But say a BMW,merc,Audi etc with Hids/factory xeons which will have washers/levellers as they were fitted at factory goes for mot and the beam is okay but either the washers/levellers dnt work then its failed
What makes you think you know best? Not like your an MOT tester or anything is it ;)
 

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Do HID headlamps require
washers / self levellers?
Headlamp washing and levelling
systems are a legal requirement
for high intensity discharge (HID)
lamps with a luminous intensity
exceeding 2,000 lumens. But
unless the luminous intensity
is marked on the lamp, a tester
won’t be able to tell if these systems
are needed.

source: http://www.dft.gov.uk/vosa/repository/MoT - Issue 55 - Oct 2012.pdf

not exactly black and white!
 

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Do HID headlamps require
washers / self levellers?
Headlamp washing and levelling
systems are a legal requirement
for high intensity discharge (HID)
lamps with a luminous intensity
exceeding 2,000 lumens. But
unless the luminous intensity
is marked on the lamp, a tester
won’t be able to tell if these systems
are needed.

source: http://www.dft.gov.uk/vosa/repository/MoT - Issue 55 - Oct 2012.pdf

not exactly black and white!
Old legislation, the ones posted were brought in on the 20th March 2013
 

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So if you have projector headlight 's and an aftermarket hid kit but without the levelling and washing systems they are still legal as long as the produce a correct beam pattern?
 

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Do HID headlamps require
washers / self levellers?
Headlamp washing and levelling
systems are a legal requirement
for high intensity discharge (HID)
lamps with a luminous intensity
exceeding 2,000 lumens. But
unless the luminous intensity
is marked on the lamp, a tester
won’t be able to tell if these systems
are needed.

source: http://www.dft.gov.uk/vosa/repository/MoT - Issue 55 - Oct 2012.pdf

not exactly black and white!
Not as if I test cars is it. Question got asked at a recent mot seminar and the answer given was the I've explained above. Your one of them I usually talk about who thinks they know it coz its on the web and post a link which is months old and irrelevant.

Just going on what I've heard from a vosa official

So if you have projector headlight 's and an aftermarket hid kit but without the levelling and washing systems they are still legal as long as the produce a correct beam pattern?
Even reflector ones bud my old car had reflectors and they had a beam pattern
 
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