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Old 18-03-2012, 11:26 PM   #1
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Default numberplate light. MOT fail?

Is having a bulb out on a numberplate light an MOT fail?

It's on my 320D, it's got 2 lights and one has gone, the other one works.
It's not just a simple case of a new bulb, the holder is all corroded.
So is an MOT failure?

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Old 18-03-2012, 11:35 PM   #2
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To the best of my knowledge if it has 2 lamps both need to work for a pass
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I think its pretty much...If its there, its got to work from an MOT point of view.
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If you have 2 seperate number plate lamp assemblys each with 1 bulb per assembly and a bulb is not working in one of them then it is a fail

But (there are always buts in MOT) if you have one number plate lamp assembly (with no divider between internal reflector or the bulbs) with 2 x bulbs and one bulb is not working then it is a pass and advise

There is a new test criteria just been added that requires 50% of the light source to be working

This was mainly bought in to cover multi LED powered lamps but is relevant to bulbs as well

So if you have for example 6 leds in 1 single number plate assembly then 3 working LED's is a pass and advise

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Certainly always been a fail here.
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Great, thanks for the heads up.



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On some of the BM's, you may need to replace the entire plate surround as the terminals for the bulb corrode badly
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If you have 2 seperate number plate lamp assemblys each with 1 bulb per assembly and a bulb is not working in one of them then it is a fail

But (there are always buts in MOT) if you have one number plate lamp assembly (with no divider between internal reflector or the bulbs) with 2 x bulbs and one bulb is not working then it is a pass and advise

There is a new test criteria just been added that requires 50% of the light source to be working

This was mainly bought in to cover multi LED powered lamps but is relevant to bulbs as well

So if you have for example 6 leds in 1 single number plate assembly then 3 working LED's is a pass and advise

Hope this helps
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Couldnt have put it better my self
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I have just passed my Motorbike (class I & II) MOT tester course and no number plate lamp at all is OK - lol - Not even a testable item on Class I & II
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There's a thread on bimmerforums on how to chop out the corroded holder an rewire in a holder from e-bay. Cheaper than paying £160 odd for a new BMW lamp. If you can find one in a breakers, the early e46 ones are different....
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