Reversing lights

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  1. philw111

    philw111 Funster

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    Our motorhome has recently been off the road due to some nice person knocking off the rear bumper (grrr...don't get me started). It has been in the hands of a local bodyshop who I would certainly not recommend to anyone who is used to customer service (little things like not returning phone calls when they said they would). Today I went to collect it and it looked great with its shiny new bumper and new nearside light fitting.

    On arrival home, I thought there was something wrong and realised that both light clusters had red lights, even though the nearside one should have a reversing light. When I checked, yes I have a red reversing light.

    My question is (in a longwinded way) is this an MOT failure? If no, can I leave it as is or should I remove the bulb? I am trying to avoid having to take it back for further messing about.

    Phil
     
  2. ramsthom

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    As far as I am aware reversing lights are not a legal requirement and therefore do not come under M.O.T standards. I would still return to have the correct lense fitted as its what you paid for.
     
  3. Craig Rogers

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    It's not tested on an MOT, however, a picky tester may fail it if he notices it as it's a red light pointing the wrong direction if you know what I mean.
     
  4. aba

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    just wire it to the other fog lamp and fit a reversing lamp in the middle under the bumper.
    then if you cross the water you got a fog lamp on the correct side.:thumb:

    been thinking of doing the same with mine as the reversing light glares on the camera and makes it hard to see whats actually behind the van.
     
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  5. Craig Rogers

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    You'll probably find that your Chausson (ours has) has connectors behind the lamp to be able to have the reversing light and fog light on either side. In other words, each side has a connector for the fog light and each side has a connector for the reversing light.

    This will be down to making it easier for left or right hand drive. Therefore, if you do go down the route of adding a reversing light, then it's easy to wire up both as a fog.
     
  6. philw111

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    Amazingly enough, the manager has just rung to check everything is OK (maybe he is a reader of this forum:Smile:) so I told him. There was a bit of a stunned silence - I imagine the fitter who "checked" the lights were working might have a bit of explaining to do. Anyway he is sourcing a replacement - at least it will be a while-you-wait repair this time.

    Thanks for the replies.

    Phil
     
  7. motorhomelover

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    Do notmess about take it back and get them to fit the correct lens unit you paid for it to be right so get it put right :thumb::thumb:
     
  8. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    I think this answers your question.....

    MOT testers check list for lights



    MOT Test of Lights
    Lights: MOT Test Checks Description

    The headlamps are checked for alignment with a Beam Setter. After first aligning the equipment with the vehicle, the left and right headlamp beams are checked to ensure they are correctly set so as not to dazzle other road users.

    All required lights are checked for:

    operation
    condition
    security

    Side lights and headlamps

    are the correct type and colour
    dip and aim.

    Stop lights, indicators and hazard lights*

    are the correct type and colour
    do not interfere with each other in operation
    driver's tell-tale works with respect to indicators, or there is an audible warning system.

    Rear Fog lamps**

    must be fitted to the centre or offside of the vehicle
    tell-tale must work
    must not be affected by other lamps and not be obscured
    must be red.

    Number plate lamps

    All lamps fitted must be working.

    Rear reflectors

    There must be two red reflectors fitted reasonably symmetrically, securely attached and not obscured.

    * Must be fitted to all vehicles first used on or after 1st April 1986, but if fitted, must be Tested.
    ** Must be fitted to all vehicles first used on or after 1st April 1980.
     
  9. Reallyretired

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    I assume mine are legal as it's passed some MOTs. Rear fog lights on both sides and reversing lights likewise.
     
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