27/01/2005

Headlamp beam test to be introduced for MOT test

Environment Minister Angela Smith today confirmed that a new headlamp beam test is to be introduced into the MOT from the end of March.

Commenting on the test, the Minister said the new examination would be expected to improve road safety.

“Badly adjusted headlamps can be a significant safety hazard, both for those in the vehicle concerned and also for other road users,” the Minister said. “They may also be a source of frustration and annoyance, and this may, in turn, affect a driver’s judgement.”

Driver & Vehicle Testing Agency Chief Executive, Stanley Duncan, emphasised the need for customers and the trade to prepare for the new test. “Customers will need to ensure that headlamp alignment is checked before the MOT test, otherwise there will be a significantly increased risk of failing,” he added.

Information about DVTA and this new headlamp beam test can be found on the Agency’s website at www.doeni.gov.uk/dvta or by contacting DVTA Customer Helpline on 0845 601 4094.

(MB/SP)

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