New MoT guidelines "leave too much open to interpretation"

Published on 23 April 2018 by Robert Drane

In light of the changes to vehicle testing coming in May, the BMF has contacted the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) about a concern in the new MoT guidelines.

Below is a copy of the BMF’s message to the DVSA. Thank you to Paul Morrison, BMF Councillor, who brought the issue to the BMF’s attention.



Dear Sir/Madam

Please forward this to those responsible for the new MOT guidelines.

This document includes the following paragraph with reference to testing 3-wheeled vehicles:

“Three-wheeled vehicles that don’t have a body type which is characteristic of the body of a four-wheeled vehicle don’t require a front number plate. All other vehicles, including quadricycles, must be fitted with front and rear registration plates, which must both be checked to ensure the registration number displayed is the same.”

The BMF is aware that there is a wide variety of 3-wheeled vehicles in use in various conformations. They may have 2 wheels at the front and 1 at the rear, or the other way round, some are adapted from a car chassis, some from motorcycles and some are entirely individual. The requirement to have a front number plate is not dictated by a loose description of the body type but by Construction and Use Regulations. It is possible that some 3-wheeled vehicles may have a front number plate even if not strictly required to do so.

We consider that the paragraph above leaves far too much open to the interpretation of the individual MOT tester. The guideline should be clear that the check for matching numbers on registration plates is necessary if a front number plate exists. If the vehicle is not required to have a front number plate under Construction and Use Regulations and does not have one then the check for matching registration numbers is NOT required.