Failing to pass ‘driveway check’ could lead to DVSA ban

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If drivers don’t perform a vital check in advance of their MOT test, they run the danger of failing it. DVSA failure is a concern for drivers and motorists who neglect to perform a basic vehicle check while on their driveways.

VansDirect experts have cautioned that the majority of errors discovered during MOT tests are caused by malfunctioning electrical equipment, including problems with car headlights. The most frequent issues were related to lamps, reflectors, and electrical equipment.

They made up 25.32 per cent of MOT test defects. VansDirect said: “Before your MOT, take a moment to check all your lights, including brake and reverse lights. It’s as simple as switching them on and off, asking a friend or family member to confirm whether they’re working.

“If there is an issue, you can try changing the lightbulb yourself to get ahead of the problem. However, should that quick fix not work, it may signal a wider electrical defect, which might require a trip to the mechanic.”

MOT testers must test all mandatory headlamps. The DVSA guidelines warn: “‘Mandatory headlamps’ are a matched pair of main beam headlamps and a matched pair of dipped-beam headlamps. These can be separate or a single pair of headlamps.

“Lamps are matched if they emit light of substantially the same colour and intensity and are the same size and shape that they are symmetrical to each other. You do not need to test headlamps on vehicles that are not fitted with position lamps, or have such lamps permanently disconnected, painted over or masked, that are only used during daylight hours, and not used at times of seriously reduced visibility.”

The tester will check for security, alignment, operation, and condition. Drivers are cautioned on the AA website by roadside recovery specialists and motoring body experts: “Faulty or broken lights will cause a MOT failure.”

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