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post #12 of (permalink) Old 15th November 2007
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People in the mainland UK moan and groan about MOT testing - you ought to see how tight the test is over here in Northern Ireland. It is completely computerised right down to the headlight alignment and steering and suspension testing. If the headlights don***8217;t meet the standard the equipment registers it in the computerised system and even the tester can't over-ride it. Likewise the car is placed on a test-an-shake test bed where the steering and suspension is shook up and down and the equipment automatically records the responses and amounts of play etc., Following this the car is put on a specialised ramp where it is visually inspected and the suspension and steering is again subjected to a sake rattle and roll whilst being visually examined. If any faults are recorded by the computerised equipment the computer won't even print the certificate. The test centres are all under government control thus ensuring the standard of testing is uniform and all charge exactly the same fee of 30-50 - if the vehicle fails you have to take it away and resubmit for a retest within 21 days at a cost of 18-50. Standards are very high indeed and you could eat of the floor. It is possible to book your test on line from a selection of testing stations. Additionally they have a god website where all aspects of the test are explained - see link below.

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