Front seat belts and MoT

Ban306

Active Member
#21
If an inertia reel seat belt doesn’t ‘lock’ when pulled, this is a Reason for Rejection (RfR).

There is no requirement to assess whether an inertia reel belt ‘locks’ when you tug on it. However, some testers have used RfR 5 in Section 5.2 for this (“The locking mechanism of a seat belt does not secure or release as intended”) even though this is only meant for the seat belt buckle mechanism.
 

harveyp6

Well-Known Member
#22
If an inertia reel seat belt doesn’t ‘lock’ when pulled, this is a Reason for Rejection (RfR).

There is no requirement to assess whether an inertia reel belt ‘locks’ when you tug on it. However, some testers have used RfR 5 in Section 5.2 for this (“The locking mechanism of a seat belt does not secure or release as intended”) even though this is only meant for the seat belt buckle mechanism.
So it's only part of the test if the tester doesn't know what he's doing then.
 

Ban306

Active Member
#23
looks like that harvey I stand corrected, I have seen my own MOT tester do this that is why I thought it was part of the test I was wrong,
but looks like lots of mot testers are to very interesting stuff
 

harveyp6

Well-Known Member
#25
I think that possibly back in the day when the brakes were tested on roadtest with a Tapley meter, then checking that the setbelts at the same time may have been part of the test then, but once the roadtest portion of the test went, that went as well. Even though roadtests are still permitted in certain circumstances IIRC.

I've got a truck that can't have the rear brakes done separately on the rollers because it has an LSD, and permanent 4x4's cant have the handbrake checked for similar reasons.
 

Ban306

Active Member
#26
Could well be harvey,
2.6 Seatbelts
The vehicle will be inspected to check that:

the mandatory seatbelts are in place
they are suitable for the vehicle
they are in a good condition
they work properly
they are attached securely
The malfunction indicator lamps (MILs) or dashboard warning lights will be checked for the:

air bags
seatbelt pretensioners (which remove the slack from a seatbelt in the event of a collision)
seatbelt load limiters (which release a small amount of belt when it’s too tight)

it mentions "work properly" but if it is not locking on the reel you would think that it would come
under this but apparently not
 

cobraboy

Well-Known Member
#27
Re Tapley meters, they are indeed still in use. Only two days ago my 2013 Audi Quattro was tested with a Tapley meter as it was 4WD.
 

clive P62

Active Member
#29
We have a tapley as well as back up if our roller fail ( only can use that for 2 days )
We can test 4× 4 s on our rollers unless it's got a locked diff.
 

roverp480

Active Member
#31
Just had my more modern Ford B Max in for its second MoT. Watched carefully how the belts were tested. Tester did not check that the reel locked as webbing pulled out . After the test I asked about checking that the reel locked. He stated DVSA now advise testers not the try to lock the reel as modern vehicles can show error messaged / warning light if this is carried out, so it is not part of the test.
 

colnerov

Well-Known Member
#32
Using technology to make things better/safer strikes again. When will they learn that tech and sensors are not always the answer, sometimes they cause more problems than they solve.
 
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