It is important to keep your vehicle in good condition to meet legal standards and to keep yourself and other road users safe.
There are legal requirements you must meet with regards to the lights on your vehicle if driving at night or poor visibility. It must been fitted with front (white) and rear (red) headlights. These must be clean.
Most vehicles are fitted with fog lamps now. These are compulsory to the rear and should only be used when visibility is below 100m. Misuse of fog lights could lead to prosecution.
Tyres should remain free from any tears, bulges or lumps. The presence of these or exposed cord could lead to a prosecution.
The tread marks on your tyres must remain above the minimum depth permitted. These vary depending on the vehicle:
- Cars, light vans and trailers should have a depth of at least 1.6mm throughout a continuous band in the centre 3/4 of the tread and around the entire circumference.
- Motorcycles, large vehicles and passenger vehicles should have a depth of at least 1mm throughout a continuous band in the Centre 3/4 of the tread and around the entire circumference.
- For mopeds, the tread pattern must be visible.
It is important you follow manufacturer’s handbook with regards to tyre pressures. Under or over inflated tyres can adversely affect the steering or braking of your vehicle.
A crack or chip longer than 10mm in the area right in front of the driver (known as zone A) would fail an MOT and could result in prosecution.
How to check the condition of your vehicle
29 Jun 21 10:56 AM