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Old 26-06-2014, 06:20 PM
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hi i am using rear lights on my trike which had reversing lights incorporated in them, i am not going to wire reversing lights up do you think they would fail it as the white lens are there or do you think it will be ok as there is no wires or bulbs in them thanks
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Old 26-06-2014, 08:25 PM
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No problem you don't need reversing lamps on a trike so they donn't have to work. Their presence is not a problem either.

Things that could go wrong are:

Light bleeding into the clear lenses from another bulb thus "Showing a white light to the rear"

Second dangly insecure or uninsulated wires.

We aint allowed to use test lamps or meters so all wires are treated as if they might be live ( unless securely and visibly earthed). So make sure the unused wires are taped into the loom or chopped off inside the lamp itself.

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Old 27-06-2014, 10:06 PM
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many thanks one other thing i am not sure of is seat belts, i have read the rules but i still am not sure i have a vw trike and have 2 seats at the rear side by side i can see that i need lap belts on these which i have done but the riders seat do i have to have a belt if so is a lap belt ok
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Old 27-06-2014, 11:19 PM
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If the riders seat is designated as sit astride then it doesn't need a belt.

To qualify you need motorcycle steering (handle bars) and a bike type seat with yer legs either side.
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Old 27-06-2014, 11:32 PM
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If you do need a drivers belt it does have to be three point (or a harness)

A centre passnger seat can be lap only but the regs stipulate the driver to have a three point even if that is a centre seat.

And that opens a whole can of worms because of the minimum height for the top anchor point.

Few trikes will have any structure high enough to comply.
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hi thanks again i have a false fuel tank up front and i am siting astride so should be ok good to know you guys are there to advise cheers
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You can buy an amber or red rear light repair kit consisting of plastic sheets which you can cut and fit inside the clear reversing light lens to prevent white light from showing to the rear..

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hi i am using rear lights on my trike which had reversing lights incorporated in them, i am not going to wire reversing lights up do you think they would fail it as the white lens are there or do you think it will be ok as there is no wires or bulbs in them thanks
If they were ok on a car I can't see any reason why they wouldn't be ok on a trike!
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hi do you think this is going to fail the test with the indicators sticking out as in the picture, Name:  20140719_103122[1].jpg
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Size:  90.8 KB also i am sure i have read it right i dont need a fog lamp is that right cheers
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Old 20-07-2014, 06:27 AM
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From the picture I can't see a reason for failure for that indicator.

Obviously I can't measure the radius of the edges but they look fine to me.

Yeah you don't need a fog lamp but you do need hazard lamps.
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Old 20-07-2014, 09:30 PM
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thanks for your reply again what is it like when you have the test if there is something that could be sorted in a few min are you allowed to do so, i am trying to make sure it is ok as i have to travel 2 hours to the test center cheers
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Old 21-07-2014, 09:31 AM
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You are allowed to do minor repairs (PRS presenter rectified at station)

Subject to health and safety and time pressures we cannot loan you tools so bring your own don't forget cable ties insulting tape etc.

Most testers are co-operative, it's easier for us if it passes cos there's less paperwork.
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Old 21-07-2014, 07:44 PM
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thanks again harry you are very helpful, one other thing do i have the msva test before a mot or after does it matter. had it weighed today getting there cheers
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Old 22-07-2014, 08:56 PM
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No problem its good to be of use.

There is no regulation about which test to have first but I would recomend MSVA first.

You are more likley to be able to fix things during the MSVA and although the two tests are different there are crossovers.

Some people will claim that the trike will be classed as new and wont need MoT until it is three years old. However legally if it contains second hand parts it is not new and needs Mot.
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Old 22-07-2014, 09:59 PM
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thanks again cant think of any thing else at the moment i will keep you informed
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hi another question on my trike i have no steering lock, i have put a battery immobilizer on it with the removable red key is that ok ? i also have one of these locks which goes on the handbrake and on the gearstick but i noticed in the manual it says it must not be part of the braking system. what have other trikers found the best thing to use cheers
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A battery isolator is fine (in addition to an keyed ignition switch)

Yup locking handbrake while a good idea aint allowed for test. (Daft innit)

Locking the gear lever alone (like a Saab) would be fine.
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hi ok thanks i noticed that the isolator has to be hidden i have fitted mine and the black end can be seen if i put something over it when not in use it would be hidden would that be ok do you think, also could a key switch be put in and the wire from the coil be put through it. mot today passed fine getting closer ta
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Old 06-08-2014, 06:14 PM
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I'm puzzled by why you think it has to be hidden. The manual says :-

Unauthorised Use
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Application
This inspection applies to all vehicles with the exception of mopeds. However, if a
device is fitted to a moped it must meet the requirements below.
Notes.
 The device may be mechanical or electrical, or an electronic
immobiliser or a combination of these in addition to any switch
normally used to start the engine.
 Mechanical devices must act positively to lock the steering or
transmission system or both.
Requirements and Procedures
1. Check that the vehicle is fitted with an operational device or system intended
to prevent the unauthorised use of the vehicle such that it shall be necessary to
disable it in order to point, drive or move the vehicle straight ahead.
2. Check that any device fitted does not act on any part of the braking system.
3. Check that the protective device cannot accidentally jam when the vehicle is
in motion.
Reasons for Failure
1. A vehicle not fitted with an operational device preventing unauthorised use
of the vehicle or, where a mechanical device is fitted, it does not act on the
steering or the transmission or both
2. A device that acts upon the vehicle braking system.
3. The device is likely to jam when the vehicle is in motion.
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Old 06-08-2014, 06:16 PM
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Also yes an extra key switch to imobilise the engine would be ok.
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Old 06-08-2014, 09:44 PM
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hi yes you are right dont know where i got that from must have dreamed it, ok good should be about it thanks
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