MoT Modifications

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  1. Phoenix

    Phoenix Read Only Funster

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    The Department for Transport is planning two modifications to the MoT test and to increase fees from April subject to a consultation process which ran until February 27. The modifications are intended to help to prevent the display of illegal registration-plates; the other is intended to help reduce the number of accidents caused by 'light trailers' becoming detached from towing vehicles.
    The MoT fee increase is due to inflation and the increased costs faced by VOSA in administering the scheme. The cost of a car MoT is therefore expected to rise from £53.10 to £54.00.

    Extract from the magazine 'Good Motoring' Spring 2009 edition.

    (Geo, any idea what they mean by a 'light trailer ' and could this affect our toads and A-Frames?)

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    Increase in fee....no surprise there!

    As for the illegal number plates, countless tens of thousands of these things are up and down the roads every day, which usually reflect the low mentality of the dummies that drive around with these things stuck on their cars thinking it looks impressive. It doesn't. Most look quite daft. The Police have the power to stop and give them a warning but never bother as it would take an entire force patrolling 24/7 to do the job.

    When a car fitted with one of these potty plates goes in for MOT, all the owner does is swap them over for legal ones, then put the illegals back on once it's MOT'd.

    Be interesting to see just how the DoT are going to wage war on the potty plates!
     
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    be even more interesting to see how they are going to stop trailers falling off their hook.
    only thing i can think they may do is.....
    if a towbar is fitted it MUST HAVE a seperate attachment ring for a breakaway cable.....
    either braked or unbraked.
    A secondary cable/chain is already compulsory on <750kg trailers but not the method of fixing to towbar.
    most just slip over the ball.....not good:Eeek: saying that.....mine does.:Blush:
     
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    Hi Chris
    I would suggest that the editor of this article has picked up on a white paper being looked at by the Department of transport and governing bodies Vosa is a separate entity from the DT

    Taking one at a time
    Fees-- they go up every year around October time by a small % as is indicated by this proposed extra 90p
    Registration plates. we have had the new rules on our system for almost a year now and were just about to implement them when someone pointed out it would be illegal to do so without a change in the law,so the plan was scrapped until further notice.
    The new regs when they do come into being will impress an awful lot of people out there it's about 7 pages long on what a number plate should look like for the MoT Test even to the point of measuring the black line around the edge, too thick or thin and it will mean a new set of plate to pass:Eeek:
    Trailers, to date I personally have heard of no plans to test tow bars or trailers, but why should I I'm only the bloke that has to make the rules work, so I'm bound to be the last to know,
    I can tell you that the new 2 year mot suggested by the Eurocats has been dropped for the for the foreseeable future, so Vosa can concentrate on more pressing matters,TRAILERS maybe:Doh:
    Geo
     
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    :Doh::Doh:

    So now Plod will have to carry around a bloody micrometre to measure how many nanometres an edging line is around a 'offenders' number plate?

    Oh brother!! :Doh:

    What on earth will they dream up next?
     
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