A Guide to What a Car Requires to Pass an MOT

A Guide to What a Car Requires to Pass an MOTAll cars more than three years old require a yearly MOT test to ensure the vehicle is still roadworthy. Tests should be carried out at a reliable garage such as BGS. If the vehicle fails the MOT, it needs to be repaired to conform to roadworthy standards. Many of the checks in an MOT are basic, so even if you aren’t familiar with car maintenance, it is possible to perform a pre-MOT check. This check will reduce any chance (and inconvenience) of failure.

1: The General Checks

Certain items are considered ‘general checks’ in an MOT. To improve your chance of  passing the MOT, you should do the following:

  • Ensure the windscreen washers and wipers are operative
  • Ensure the screenwash is filled
  • Check the rubber blades on the windscreen wipers are not damaged. Damage can be experienced if the wiping edge or loose strips have pieces missing. If chunks are missing, it is recommended that you replace the runner blades.
  • All seat belts need to be working correctly without any sign of cuts or fraying
  • All mountings need to be secure with straps free from any damage. The belts should also be cleaned.
  • Ensure that the inertia reel of a seat belt works properly. Test this by pulling on the strap and reviewing whether or not it locks in the reel.

2: The Tyres

To inspect the car’s tyres, you should walk around the vehicle and view all four. When checking the tyres, it is crucial to consider these elements:

  • Ensure no cuts or bulges can be seen on the sidewalls, and no objects are stuck in the tyre tread
  • The tread must measure a minimum of 1.6 mm deep. To measure the tread, you can use either a tread depth gauge or the edge of a 20
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A Look Into the Salary Amount for an HGV Driver

A Look Into the Salary Amount for an HGV DriverMany of the drivers that are new to HGV driving often ask this question, and it frankly is a sound inquiry given the circumstances. Nobody wants to go into a career that will not fully compensate them for any work done or offer a fair pay. However, with the career as an HGV driver, salary concerns may not have a definitive answer, since there is not definitive pay for every HGV driver out there. Even then, there are useful guidelines and some trends as well as statutory minimums that can help you figure out which would be the suitable pay for you as a new HGV driver – with or without a category C1 license, you still need to know how much you can expect to be paid.

The Statutory Minimums

The HGV industry does have its rules and regulations that govern operations, and this includes the salaries. That is why legal wage minimums are applicable. In short, you will be covered by the National Minimum wage, the Apprenticeship Levy and the National Living Wage.

As per the National Minimum Wage, your projected minimum per hour wage rate is around:

  • £7.38 if you are 21 to 24 years of age
  • £5.90 if you are 18 to 20 years of age
  • £4.20 if you are 16 to 17 years of age (thought it is rare to find HGV drivers who are this stage)
  • £3.70 for the apprentice rate, but it is subject to a few terms.

The above may be the legally allowed minimum pay to expect, so you should expect to get a salary that is significantly higher than that. Many HGV employers understand and appreciate the need to pay their drivers more as a means of encouraging them to do better work. The National Living Wage is designed … Read the rest