Drivers who fail to pass 'driveway check' risk being banned by DVSA

Drivers heading for their MOT test risk failing if they don't make a key check beforehand. Drivers and motorists are being warned to run a simple check on their motors while on their driveways - or risk the DVSA failing them.

Experts at VansDirect have warned faulty electrical equipment including issues with car headlights accounts for the majority of defects found during MOT tests. Lamps, reflectors, and electrical equipment were the most common problems.

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.

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“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 inspect for condition, operation, alignment and security. On its website, motoring body and roadside recovery experts at the AA warn drivers: "Faulty or broken lights will cause an MOT failure."