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Re: new offical mot laws

the only problem with the new mot is there are not many details so it could be read many ways
as it is at the moment an mot may have one year but is only in affect 24hrs after that any thing can happen or many would be taking mot stations to court when parts fail with in that year
as for the new mot being 2 years i dont have a problem with it as i like to keep on top with parts that need replacing
but i can see the price being double or more seeing as they have so many more checks to do
gone are the days when an mot was for safety its all about money get the older cars off the road so more new cars are sold
the government live in a different world they dont give a dam
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I think some of this is a total crock, but others may have a positive effect. I'm only interested in making the roads safer for everyone, so here's my 2 cents...

1. Warning Lights. I've seen warning lights stay on after a battery change. It doesn't always mean the system does not function properly. I think it should be up to VOSA to prove the warning light means the system is broken.

2. Wiring. Makes perfect sense to me. But how far will they go with checks? Surely you can't expect MOT stations to check every wire along it's whole length... can you?

3. Battery Security. Again makes total sense. Can't think of an excuse why your battery should be rolling about in the engine bay. To be honest, I though they already checked this!

4. Headlights. Yes, yes, and thrice yes! I understand some old cars have rubbish OE lights, but it shouldn't mean you can put anything you like in there. There's the 'undue dazzle' law already in place. Even some new cars with OE spec xenons are a total pest. HID kits should be banned, or at least restricted to professional fitting only. Anyone who needs 'pure daylight' being produced out the front of their car shouldn't be on the roads at night. Your convenience should not be at the expense of everyone elseís inconvenience.

5. ECU mods. Unless they make a car dangerous to drive, and so long as your insurance company has approved the mod, I don't see what the problem is. Although, it should be law that any car being sold-on with an ECU mod is either factory reset, or at least make the mod known to potential buyers.

I have an issue with the frequency of MOTs I think could be looked at more sensibly. First 3 years thereís no MOT required. How about then reducing this to 2 years, then down to every year for older cars? For example, MOT due at the end of years 3, 5, 7, 9, then annually after that.

Back on the subject of lights, another suggestion Iíd make for general driving is putting (at least) you side-lights on at all times when using the roads. Iím especially fed up with driving about in winter-sun conditions where oncoming traffic can often appear to be stationary in some conditions. If you run with side-lights on, you give every other road user that extra chance to react to your presence. I canít see a downside to this suggestion, so it should be considered as mandatory (as it is in some other countries... so Iím led to believe). The fact of the matter is simple; we do not need the law or VOSA, or car manufacturers to intervene, as everyone can make a difference today simply by switching on your lights the same way you buckle-up each time you get in the car.

Crusade over, but Iíd like to see some feedback if anyone has any other sensible solutions.
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Re: new offical mot laws

Another thing they are looking at is making any thing older than 1960 exempt from MOT,s but just what strings will be attached to this is not known at the moment, but you can be certain that it wont be as good as it sounds.

Who would design a vehicle that falls over when you stop?

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Re: new offical mot laws

i agree, but as far as the light are concerned, why let company make the bulbs in the first place, i have a brighter bulb on my kwaka 1100, only because the stock one is pants,and also as i do most of my riding at night,surely it safer for me to see where im going, not that some car drivers see it anyway, but i digress, mot every 4 yrs in stupid, for example, why dont vosa say if car is,nt serviced every year then must have a mot every year, i mean they know everything about us they can check every thing we do, they dont mind spending money on spying on us, then go the rest of the way and make garages log each time the car is serviced, it will stop people doing their own cars, but thats what they want anyway,(not that i would stop fixing my own car,and if they start yanking wiring looms about they if they break a wire,are they going to pay to fix it, if they start yanking sensor wiring(as ive noticed laguna 2,s and most upto date renults are going to have lots of problems,
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Re: new offical mot laws

The new laws will surely bring to an end the practice of modifying cars? I really don't see the harm in modifying cars so long as they are done correctly and suitable modified insurance is purchased.

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