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    Default Sun strip illegal and an MOT failure?

    Just been on the phone to book the vectra in for a sun strip and was told from both places I rang that they are illegal and an MOT failure. Is this true and when did that happen?

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    if the wiper blades go over it then yes its an obstruction of the drivers visibility and it will fail ... you can still get a tinted strip ratehr tahn a full sun strip .......providing it still allows 70% of natural light through .... including the standard tint on the screen

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    just look where your wipers go then get one just above that - or buy some smaller blades for mot time ; ) whereabouts did you ring nic? is it a specialist sunstrip or just plain - not that hard to fit really

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    Quote Originally Posted by northern lad View Post
    just look where your wipers go then get one just above that - or buy some smaller blades for mot time ; ) whereabouts did you ring nic? is it a specialist sunstrip or just plain - not that hard to fit really

    Rang Tint My Ride and Tints and Tweaks. The thing is they gave me a quote a few month ago but when I rang today they said they don't fit them anymore at all. Wondering if something within the law has changed in the last few month to ban aftermarket sun strips

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    Quote Originally Posted by northern lad View Post
    just look where your wipers go then get one just above that - or buy some smaller blades for mot time ; ) whereabouts did you ring nic? is it a specialist sunstrip or just plain - not that hard to fit really
    they have caught on to the smaller wipers trick and will fail you for that instead
    my wifes zafira went through 2 years in a row with a 6" strip and on the 3rd year they made me take it of before the test

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    You fail for having a magic tree hanging from your mirror so a sunstripe is probably a guarantee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byebyeitsagsi View Post
    You fail for having a magic tree hanging from your mirror so a sunstripe is probably a guarantee.
    Odd... mine passed its MOT a couple of weeks ago at KwikFit with a magic tree hanging from my rear view mirror..!!!

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    From the MOT test manual:
    Whilst sitting in the driver's seat and, referring to the diagram below, examine the driver's view of the road through the swept area of the windscreen.

    Zone 'A' is:
    . in the swept area of the Windscreen
    . 290mm wide
    . centred on the centre of the steering
    wheel.


    Reasons for failure:
    1. In Zone 'A':

    a. damage not contained within a
    10mm diameter circle, or

    b. a Windscreen sticker or other
    obstruction encroaching more than 10mm

    c. a combination of minor damage areas which seriously restricts the driver's view



    In the remainder of the swept area:

    d. damage not contained within a 40mm diameter circle, or

    e. a Windscreen sticker or other
    obstruction encroaching more than 40mm

    f. a temporary Windscreen fitted.


    The diagram just shows this area - basically take the area that the wipers wipe, then a section 29cm wide centred on the steering wheel (pretty much the width of the steering wheel)

    There's also a note specifically about 'opaque films':
    Additional opaque films are subject to reason for rejection 1 whether fitted on the inside or outside of the windscreen.


    So if the sunstrip is passed over by the wipers by more than 1 cm, it's a fail. This has been in the MOT test since it was introduced in 1960.

    You could trim a bit out of the sunstrip where the wipers go, then stick it back on again after the test

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbojetset View Post
    Odd... mine passed its MOT a couple of weeks ago at KwikFit with a magic tree hanging from my rear view mirror..!!!

    yeah but its kwikfit i think they have only just learnt how to read nursery books

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    my wiper's wipe the tinted strip in my screen (factory fit) so how does that work

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