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Thread: HID kits made legal on MOT

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    HID kits made legal on MOT

    Taken from the new MOT regs which come in to force in January.

    The Full PDF is here and Section 1.7 refers to HID Lamps

    • Vehicles equipped with High Intensity Discharge (HID) or LED dipped beam headlamps may be fitted with headlamp washers and a suspension or headlamp self levelling system.
    • Where such systems are fitted, they must work; however, it is accepted that it may not be possible to readily determine the functioning of self levelling systems. In such cases, the benefit of the doubt must be given.
    • Headlamp washers may work in conjunction with the windscreen washers (when the dipped beam headlamps are switched on) or by a separate switch.
    So in essence were the current MOT regs state that you MUST have Washers and Self levelling suspension. Now they just say that if they are fitted they must work.

    More info can be found in


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    Re: HID kits made legal on MOT

    MOT test is very necessary for all the vehicles. It checks that vehicle meets road safety or not. Therefore, a brightness of the light is also a necessary part of the vehicle and only the HID kit can fulfill all the requirements. That's why we should use HID lights in our vehicle.

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    I like HID was considering them for mine and the beetle might look at them again now
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    Re: HID kits made legal on MOT

    Legal or not i still hate them with a passion.

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    Re: HID kits made legal on MOT

    Quote Originally Posted by clarkey1269 View Post
    Legal or not i still hate them with a passion.
    Snap... nothing worse than HID's behind you at night, saying that when they are coming towards you they are **** too...

    they don't even look nice... maybe if the people who had these fitted went off roading/rallying where there are no streetlights out in the forrest then they might need some bulbs which light up the whole place, but general driving!!!! I don't think so... a good set of uprated bulbs is all you need..

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    Re: HID kits made legal on MOT

    to be honest i cant make me mind up i like them on the car as they give a really nice bright light, but hate them when the car is following me and cant see in me mirrors

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    Re: HID kits made legal on MOT

    the MOT rules are changing all the

    they said they willl be bring in somthing but more that likey it will be 2 or 3 year

    Airbag light are still not fail they where mean to be coming the start if this year

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    I like them to be fair can't say they bother me from behind as I've got an auto tinting mirror will redo be looking at them for the beetle I need a new drivers headlight first
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    Re: HID kits made legal on MOT

    Hi guys im an mot tester / mechanic, if your wondering anything just ask me, lots of people misunderstand the mot rules and regs and there are many grey areas but ill try and help where I can.

    As for hids, the rules are simple and under discretion of the tester...
    The beam pattern must be flat and kick up to the left
    The colour of the light shown may have a slight blue tint but Pure blue is not allowed I.e 4300k and 5000k possibly 6000k will pass, anything above is too blue and higher colour temps are purple.
    If the car in test is fitted with aftermarket hids, as long as they work, dont flicker, go on and off when switched, the aim is correct and the beam image is correct and colour ofcourse, then they will pass. Fullstop lol
    Theres nothing in the current mot testers guide that says to fail hids for being too bright.

    Hope this helps! Any questions ill gladly help!

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