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post #176 of 251 (permalink) Old 23rd November 2008
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No over here they work to the letter of the law - if it legit then it passes. The rules seem to be purely that if the vehicle is deemed safe and complies with the law at the time of presenting the vehicle for examination then they have done their job. They don't see their role as safety advisors or spotters of preventative maintenance. They quite rightly assume the driver has legal responsibilities to ensure their vehicle is roadworthy once it leaves the test centre. Furthermore under no circumstances must they be seen as creating work for the motor trade and are strictly independent. Furthermore if they cannot provide a test date within a 6 week time period they will issue an excemption certificate should you need your vehicle taxed in the meantime. They clearly advise you arrange a test at least 6 weeks before the test is due. They aslo clearly state if the vehicle passes it only means the vehicle was suitable at the time of testing and they have no responsibility afterwards - this responsibility it purely down to whoever drives the vehicle thereafter.

From what I have read on some forums it would appear some drivers see advisories as a means of generating business - maybe I'm wrong but that is my view of things from this side of the ditch
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Well maybe you should realise that we all use the same testing standards and that they should be applied in the same way.Just because a 'government official' carries out the test,it doesn't mean the out come will be any different.

There are set standards for an MOT,be it in England,Scotland,Wales or Nothern Ireland,and they are all the same.If something fails,then it fails.If something is close to the limit,then it is advised.I know,it's part of my daily job.

To insult every MOT tester with your constant b1tching about how brilliant NI tests are is pretty upsetting to me.Of course there are always people in the trade that take the p1ss,but if you trust government appointed officials any more than anyone else your more niave than even I give you credit for.

Your last NI test took 15 minutes,which is quite frankly a joke,all because the 'tester' didn't want to get wet.That ought to tell you something.

Please don't tar everyone in the trade with the same brush,there are some honest people still left in the motor trade,and I am one of them.In any case,if I fcck up a MOT I could face a prison sentence,the worst you'll get for rubbishing our standards is a broken keyboard from saying 'all mainland MOT testers are t0ssers'

I'd rather push my Alfa than drive a BMW....
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Back in for retest today

I've replaced almost every part of the braking system in the 7 months I've had the car now. It'd better stop effectively

I suspect the headlight issue was caused by the reflector one of the lights being detached at the bottom, which is now fixed, so bar a little bit of alignment they might need, that problem should be rectified too.

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Sorry if I came across a sounding "b1tching" Lagdti - it was not my intention to do so. All I do know is that the MOT system is applied in a different way over here in Northern Ireland where a standardised fully computerised testing sytem is in use throughout every test centre. For example the brake and suspension systems are checked on a machine and the results are fed into the computer and if it does not meet the pre-set limits the computer won't even allow the tester to print a certificate.
I have no intention of questioning the integegrity of MOT examiners whatsoever and I was only commenting on what I have read on some vehicle forums - not this one obviously.
I apologise if you have taken any offense
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