Keralite's car fails MOT for having Cross dangling from rearview mirror as it blocks driver's view and is obstruction
By A Staff Reporter LONDON Feb 6: The annual MOT check can be a source of concern for many drivers, thanks to the many hidden faults that could result in a big fat fail. There are many reasons which may result in an unsuccessful check. Motoring experts have revealed some unusual checks car owners need to make to ensure their vehicle passes the test - one of these is a somewhat bizarre recommendation of removing your air freshener. A Keralite living in Kent had his car failed the MOT for hanging a blessed cross from Knock in Ireland. The Keralite had left the car with the manufacturer for service and MOT when he got the message stating that his car has failed the MOT for "driver's view of the road through the swept area of the windscreen significantly affected by an obstruction (3.1(a)(ii)). Following the outcome the technician later removed the cross and then passed the MOT as there were no other issues identified. It’s always best to remove the dangling air freshener when it’s time for the test. Technically, it can be viewed as blocking the driver’s view and an obstruction of vision can lead to an automatic failure. Here are some top tips for an MOT pass. The below are not comprehensive and therefore always check the Highway Code for legal guidance. Number plate It’s a legal requirement to have fully functioning licence plate lights, so police, other road users and speed cameras can easily identify your car. Double check this issue even before an MOT is due, as it can lead to a fixed penalty fine. Seat belts To the inside now and the life-saving seatbelt which must be in good condition. Over time it’s only natural that they will become frayed through wear and tear and drivers should be aware of this problem developing. If a frayed seat belt goes without change, drivers are risking their own safety and that of their passengers’ too. A worn out belt is unlikely to click in place securely or may come loose with a firm tug from a car user, meaning they are not safe at all. Drivers must make sure all their car’s belts are in tip top shape. Screen wash One of the most unthought of checks to make before an MOT is checking the amount of screen wash in the car. It’s an easy failure, but there’s also a simple solution by purchasing ready to use screen wash and filling up the fluid bottle. Reversing lights Added in 2018, vehicles used from September 2009 must have working reversing lights otherwise it will lead to a failed MOT. Some road users are unaware of this new rule change, so make sure to test those bulbs. Rubber seal on fuel cap A strong smell of petrol and a cap which won’t seal means it’s like your fuel cap is worn out. Make sure to check the condition of your fuel cap when filling up the car and up towards the check date. Cracks on number plate You need to check for all the minor details to get your car to pass its MOT and one of them is noticeable cracks on the number plate. One crack covering a letter on the plate can be the break or make between a pass and a fail.
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