Before bringing your vehicle in for inspection, there are a few things you can check to maximise your chances to pass.
– Lights
  • Ensure all your headlights are working and that none are damaged in any way
  • Headlights, indicator lights, hazard warning lights, rear lights, brake lights, number-plate lights and reversing lights must all be in proper working order.
  • Check that all reflectors are working properly.
  • Always have a spare set of bulbs in the car.
– Brakes
  • If your vehicle pulls slightly to one side when you brake, this may be a sign that your brakes are not working correctly, or that there is a brake imbalance. Have them checked and, if necessary, replaced before your roadworthy test.
  • Check your brake fluid. Low brake-fluid levels may indicate a leak in the brake line, which will need repair.
– Tyres
  • Check for tyre wear and tyre pressure. If your tyres are worn or deformed (bulges), change them.
  • If you see excessive wear on one side of the tyre, this means your vehicle has steering-geometry problems and/or worn suspension components, which must be corrected.
  • Current legislation states that tyre tread depth should be at least 1.6 mm across the entire breadth of the tyre.
– Vehicle registration plates
  • Ensure that your license plates are securely fitted and are not damaged, cracked or discoloured.


Other useful checks…


– Outside checks
  • Make sure there are no oil stains on the ground in the place where you normally park.
  • The glasses of your vehicle must comply with the legislation.
  • Doors and windows must open and close properly.
  • There should be no sharp edges on the vehicle’s bodywork.
  • Make sure that your windscreen wipers and wing mirrors are correctly attached to the vehicle.
– Inside checks
  • Ensure that the locking/release mechanisms for all seatbelts are working properly and that no seatbelt is torn or damaged.
  • Check that the car horn is operating correctly.
  • Ensure that all seats are properly secured and in good condition
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