Drivers will have to pay £55 for breaking DVSA rule which 'seems trivial'

Drivers are failing their MOT tests for a "trivial" wing mirror issue, motoring groups and experts have warned. Traffic and travel experts have warned over the rise of people failing their MOT test up and down the country - all because of their car mirrors.

Chris Jevons, Commercial Director at JTAPE, warned: "Unsecured, broken or improperly adjusted car mirrors can not only make it difficult for drivers to see their blind spots properly, but they can also lead to other dangers and MOT failures in some cases.

"To make sure you avoid these mistakes when driving and do your bit to keep you and others safe, here are some of the most common car mirror mishaps to watch out for." MOTs up and down the UK cost a maximum of £54.85.

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The MoT inspection manual for exterior and interior mirrors states that an obligatory mirror being slightly damaged or loose is a minor fault, but that an obligatory mirror not providing an adequate view to the rear is a major fault. Online, an expert warned: "It may be that it will depend on the judgement of the tester as to whether the view is satisfactory.

"It may be worth replacing the mirror glass in order to pass the test and repairing the rest of the mirror at a later date." Kwik Fit warns: "If your wing mirror is only slightly damaged, it is fine to drive with it. However, naturally, your visibility — and therefore safety — will be reduced. It is advised, then, that you take it to get repaired as soon as you can.

"That said, if your wing mirror is missing entirely then it is an offence to drive and you should have it replaced immediately. It is not legal for your wing mirror to be hanging off or wobbling either. As the DVSA stipulates, “each mirror must be fixed to the vehicle in such a way that it remains steady under normal driving conditions” as it may fly off and cause a hazard to other drivers on the road."