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Originally Posted by lagdti
I am an MOT inspector and the garage that I work at has been 'on-line' for a couple of months.We haven't had any problem with the system (YET!),but even if we did there are emergency back-up systems that are employed,so I can't see why you had to wait for your paperwork.The system,on the whole,is excellent and if used correctly will be of benefit to both MOT test stations and motorists,although a few teething problems are only to be expected.
P.S I would welcome any MOT related questions from memebers,as there are so many myths reguarding the test that are complete twaddle!

I have a quick question regarding the windscreen and MOT's. On the passenger side I have 3 marks caused by a flying stone. Auto Windsreens have said it can't be mended as it has not caused a "hole" for them to inject the "repair stuff" and they did not think it would be a MOT failure. The marks, 3 of them" are in the eye line of the passenger and well inside the wiper sweep. MOT failure or not.

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Its NOT an MOT failure...

Chips larger than 10mm in the Drivers side swept area only..

Here is the MOT manual page: Windscreen

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The windscreen is split into 2 areas for the MOT.The 'A' zone and 'B' zone.
The A zone is the swept area(where the wipers clean) immediately in front of the driver.Any damage (or combination of damage i.e 2 chips that are very close together) that is larger than 10mm in diameter fails.
The B zone is everywhere else within the swept area (i.e passenger side) and damage cannot be larger than 40mm in diameter.
Scratches have to be deemed to be excessive to fail and the area outside the swept area is not testable.
As long as the chips in your screen are not close together and are smaller than 40mm in diameter then your windscreen should be fine.
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Thanks for your answers, looks like I should be OK. The problem is the stone must of been large as there are 3 scratches close together. all within the 40mm diameter. I will wait and see.
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I had my Computorised MOT today, there were no delays of any kind at the garage, and it passed.

My worry on going for the mot is that it will not pass the emmision tests, The readings on my car were CO level 0%! allowed 20%. and HC 8 ppm allowed 200 ppm.

The tester said the brakes on the car would stop a train.

One good thing about the new system is that as all details of passes or failures go to VOSA, an earlier post mentioned about having an mot done at halfords saying they would rip you off by inventing quick but lucrative faults to repair, whilst my car was being tested the examiner brought this up saying that it could not happen because VOSA would soon find this out and descend on the garage like a ton of bricks!

He also implied that VOSA were looking into the idea of delaying mots for new cars until they were 5 years old as there are very few cars failing up to this age, Of coures if this ever came about it could affect used car prices or availability.
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