My car passed its MOT test today, despite having after market HIDs fitted without auto headlamp levelling or any sort of wash wipe system. This won't surprise you, and the year is almost half gone and thankfully there's still no sign of a clampdown on HIDs.
Here's the interesting bit: Whilst waiting in the garage's reception area during the MOT, I started reading a copy of this week's Auto Express that I'd bought to pass the time. It featured a story about a Mitsubishi Evo XI (or V or something similar), registered new in 2004 that had HIDs fitted at the factory, without auto-levelling or wash-wipe, as they weren't legal requirements back then. The owner lived in Northern Ireland, where, it turns out, the new MOT rules have been interpreted differently than in England and Wales (not sure where Scotland stands on this). The NI version of Vosa has told garages to fail such cars on the MOT test because they don't have the levelling/washing system, depsite the fact that the car was fully legal at the time it was first registered. Auto Express asked them to reconsider, and they refused, saying that their stance was the one the rest of the UK would be following. AE then checked with Vosa, who disagreed with their NI counterparts, and said - this is the interesting bit - we interpret the new MOT rules to say that if a car with HIDs has a wash and levelling system, these must be working. If car with HIDs doesn't have these systems though, then we can't check them and we don't fail them on it.