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Old 18-09-2004, 11:52 PM
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I've just taken my car engined trike for its mot It failed on a lack of rear view mirrors (but passed last year). They also said that next year I will need a wieght certificate for it. A few daYS later a friend took his VW trike to a different local garage and he was told that trikes now need hazard lights, two headlamps if they are over a certain width. and seat belts most now be fitted if a trike uses car type seats. All this appears to tie in with the new registration regs but is being applied to trikes that have been on the road for years. Has anyone else found this to be the case recently. Is it happening nationwide. and will everyones winter rebuilds fail there spring mot's 'cause a load of new mot regulations have been brought in over the winter.
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Old 19-09-2004, 10:13 PM
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Yeah shame but it's true.
We did warn everyone about this in the mag. There has been a recent review on trike MoT standards and distributed it to all testing stations.
You don't need seat belts on a bike type saddle/dual seat but bench and outboard seats need lap belts.
You must have hazards- and we've explained how to fit them in the mag.
You must have two mirrors.
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Old 20-09-2004, 05:19 AM
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so is this all trikes alik or just ones newer than a set date ?
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Old 20-09-2004, 11:32 PM
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I'm sorry to say that this is ALL trikes.
It's more of a pain in the arse than a potential disaster though. If you've been reading TRIKE TEK then the MoT will hold no fears for you. The scariest thing is how MoT testers decide to interpret the new rules.
Just for the record I put a trike through the MSVA today and it was easier than some MoT's I had. The MSVA testers have no grey areas so if it's in the manual it has to be on the trike. Unfortunately MoT testers are allowed 'DISCRETION' which is sometimes a bit like making a bag lady prime minister..!
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Old 21-09-2004, 08:15 AM
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Old 22-09-2004, 02:06 AM
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I guess thst it's possible that he's going to be kept by one taxpayer or another for some time..!
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Old 22-10-2010, 07:03 PM
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Yeah shame but it's true.
We did warn everyone about this in the mag. There has been a recent review on trike MoT standards and distributed it to all testing stations.
You don't need seat belts on a bike type saddle/dual seat but bench and outboard seats need lap belts.
You must have hazards- and we've explained how to fit them in the mag.
You must have two mirrors.
You do not need hazards if your ride was 1st registered before 1986
i have a Honda cx500 trike 1982 .. never needed hazards for MOT
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Old 14-10-2004, 09:45 PM
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One of my best mates is the owner of a car MOT station, (doesn't do trikes, more's the pity), and when I asked him about the situation, he's adamant (the people are the warriors...) that they can't impose new requirements on trikes which have already been registered and MOT'd, and that the whole thing will be date-specific.
His example was classic cars - no seatbelts - little flip-out indicators (remember them?) and various other "missing" things that are now neccesary requirements. Imagine the uproar (and the compensation claims for loss of value) if the owners had to add extra lights, indicators and hazards.
That said, he's due to go on a refresher course next month, so if anything's changed, I'll pass it on .
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Thanks for that Spook, I bought 'em so I might as well fit 'em or have 'em fitted if I make a hic-up.

I think that they would be good to have; the trike broke down on me in the Queens way under pass, in Brum a few weeks ago! I am a disabled rider an had no way of getting out o' the messy situation; car's an' other bikes an' bikers just went around me obliviouse to the fact that I had actually broke down. I even had some car drivers pip their car horn's an curse at me for blocking their way! Eventually a couple of guys stopped in a van an give us a push out of the tunnel! So I think i'll carry on an fit em!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I have an old trike, built ages ago and is registered as a classic vehicle. How do I stand on the handbrake, which is underneath the trike and upside-down. To apply it, you have to get off and kneel down beside the trike to apply it. If the lihts, hazards, handbrake etc have to be altered it would no longer be the classic vehicle it is now.
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Not sure on a classic but on a new registration you have to be able to apply the handbrake with one hand while sitting on the trike
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Old 02-12-2004, 01:58 AM
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As far as I'm aware; the regs for the MoT are simply that you have a handbrake that works.
Its a bit like the speedo MoT rule where you have to have one but they aint got the means to test it so it don't have to work.!
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Old 05-12-2004, 02:13 AM
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One of my best mates is the owner of a car MOT station, (doesn't do trikes, more's the pity), and when I asked him about the situation, he's adamant (the people are the warriors...) that they can't impose new requirements on trikes which have already been registered and MOT'd, and that the whole thing will be date-specific.
His example was classic cars - no seatbelts - little flip-out indicators (remember them?) and various other "missing" things that are now neccesary requirements. Imagine the uproar (and the compensation claims for loss of value) if the owners had to add extra lights, indicators and hazards.
That said, he's due to go on a refresher course next month, so if anything's changed, I'll pass it on .
You don't remember when cars had to be retro fitted with windscreen washers and seatbelts then...?
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One of my best mates is the owner of a car MOT station, (doesn't do trikes, more's the pity), and when I asked him about the situation, he's adamant (the people are the warriors...) that they can't impose new requirements on trikes which have already been registered and MOT'd, and that the whole thing will be date-specific.
His example was classic cars - no seatbelts - little flip-out indicators (remember them?) and various other "missing" things that are now neccesary requirements. Imagine the uproar (and the compensation claims for loss of value) if the owners had to add extra lights, indicators and hazards.
That said, he's due to go on a refresher course next month, so if anything's changed, I'll pass it on .

my 53 bsa still needs a brake light switch even though it never had one from new. and the rule requiring it was brought in later.
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Old 21-06-2017, 12:42 PM
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Hi guys
Older members may remember me from some years back!
Still building a GL1000 trike, want to know, is parking light an mot issue?
I mean leaving the park lights on when parked at night

I am also behind on hazards, I take it they are now a requirement? I have indicators so it should be possible to go from there...

All replies welcome, thanks
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Hi sorry for the delayed answer. If you're buiding the trike do you need MSVA?

Simple stuff first, you need hazards for MoT and MSVA. They have to work with the ignition on and off.

Parking lights, what exactly do you mean ?

You have to have position lights ie front & rear side lights operatd by one switch and have a tell tale visible to the driver. This can be the speedo illumination. However they dont need to work with the key removed so don't in law qualify as "parking lights". Which are not compulsory. Parking lights only turn up in Construction and use regs where you have to have them on if you park on an unlit road at night.

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Old 25-06-2017, 06:50 AM
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Thanl gawd your back. We were getting to the point of having to make up answers...
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