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MOT and the law

On 19 Jan 2009 at 3:16pm jonnyboy wrote:
I was stopped by the Police, in my ancient Fiesta, the other night because the windscreen washers are after market ones fitted with blue leds. They were on the car when I bought it and I've been meaning to disconnect the wires but hadn't got round to it. These lights are apparently illegal as only emergency vehicles can be fitted with blue lights. I could have received a £30 on the spot fine but the PC told me to disconnect them when I got home and let me go. The car had recently passed an MOT test but amazingly your car can pass with illegal extras such as these lights and darkened windows. I spoke to Just MOTS who told me that also the MOT states that the reason for failure with respect to tyre wear is:
"The grooves of the tread pattern are not at least 1.6mm throughout a continuous band comprising: the central three-quarters of the breadth of tread around the entire outer circumference of the tyre". However the Police can and will prosecute if any part of the tyre tread is not at least 1.6mm. It seems strange to me that you can drive out of a testing station in an illegal car. I know an MOT is no guarantee of road worthiness but surely any illegalities should at least be advised of.

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