Windscreen Damage can affect your MOT
Damage can affect your MOT.
• Damage larger than 10mm will fail in the drivers line of vision (marked “A”).
• Damage larger than 40mm will fail in the rest of the swept areas marked “B” and "C" above.
Significant scratching that impairs the drivers vision will also fail.
UK MOT Rules for Windscreens
The MOT test is an annual check on the worthiness of a vehicle to drive the roads. It checks your vehicles safety and emissions to ensure that they meet road safety and environmental standards.
Did you know your windscreen is thoroughly checked during your MOT and failure to have met the windshield safety standard would fail an MOT?
Windscreens and the MOT test
The MOT test covers the condition of the windscreen plus that of the windscreen wipers and washers. You car may fail its MOT if the windscreen is chipped or cracked. The maximum damage size is 10mm in the drivers’ line of vision (a vertical strip 290mm wide centred on the steering wheel), 40mm elsewhere in the rest of the area swept by the wiper blades.
Even a small windscreen chip within a driver's line of vision could cause a windscreen to fail an MOT test, so drivers hoping to pass their MOT should make sure windscreens are repaired or replaced as necessary before an MOT test takes place.
MOT Windscreen repairs
As a small windscreen chip could cause windscreens to crack or lead to cars failing the MOT test, it's important to repair windscreens to an acceptable standard before your MOT assessment. Windscreen Wizards Essex can quickly repair chipped windscreens. However, not all windscreen chips can be repaired - even by our expert team. Cracked windscreens or badly chipped windscreens will need to be replaced before an MOT inspection occurs.
Penalties for driving without a valid MOT
Don't forget driving without an MOT carries the risk that you will be fined up to £1,000, as well as potentially invalidating your motor insurance - itself considered a driving offence that will get you between six and eight penalty points.