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 Posted: Fri Nov 19th, 2021 07:46 pm
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Thank you Stealth wheel tappers had not heard of.

Being given points for not testing wheel bolts for security using ones fingertips begs belief.. Wheely not smart ???????
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/van-drivers-daily-walkaround-check/van-drivers-daily-walkaround-check
2.5 Tyres and wheels
Check as much of your tyres and wheels as you can see. There must be:

a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm
sufficient inflation of each tyre
no deep cuts in the sidewall
no cord visible anywhere on the tyre
no missing or insecure wheel-nuts
You can get 3 penalty points on your licence for each tyre that isn’t safe and legal.

ffs DVSA put it out there in a Special Notice no less.. and not points when you have not!

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1980's had a ex USAF truck with a Harvey Frost crane on it, crane was weight tested at Wreckers International in Hertford back in the day & drove it on trade plates.

Thank you Stealth wheel tappers had not heard of.

Being given points for not testing wheel bolts for security using ones fingertips begs belief.. Wheely not smart ???????
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/van-drivers-daily-walkaround-check/van-drivers-daily-walkaround-check
2.5 Tyres and wheels
Check as much of your tyres and wheels as you can see. There must be:

a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm
sufficient inflation of each tyre
no deep cuts in the sidewall
no cord visible anywhere on the tyre
no missing or insecure wheel-nuts
You can get 3 penalty points on your licence for each tyre that isn’t safe and legal.

ffs DVSA put it out there in a Special Notice no less.. and not points when you have not!

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Stealth wrote:
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Probably not relevant but how does a VE on a Public Service, Heavy Goods and Agricultural Vehicle determine

More than one wheel nut/ stud is loose or obviously not clamping in a road wheel taper
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If visible with wheel nuts in place or detachment likely.

Is it done visually or do they use a wheel brace or torque wrench?


Not heard of wheel tappers?. We used a toffee hammer to tap nuts/studs. Distinct ting for a tight nut, dull note for a loose one. Often followed by unscrewing the loose one(s) & handing them to the driver ????


That was a interessting subject back in the 1980's when I worked on HGV's. The mechanic used to tell me to go and tap all the wheel nuts/bolts and check if any were loose? He never told me what to listen for!!

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Paul S wrote:
Probably not relevant but how does a VE on a Public Service, Heavy Goods and Agricultural Vehicle determine

More than one wheel nut/ stud is loose or obviously not clamping in a road wheel taper
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If visible with wheel nuts in place or detachment likely.

Is it done visually or do they use a wheel brace or torque wrench?


Not heard of wheel tappers?. We used a toffee hammer to tap nuts/studs. Distinct ting for a tight nut, dull note for a loose one. Often followed by unscrewing the loose one(s) & handing them to the driver ????

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DIRECTIVE 2014/45/EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 3 April 2014

Clearly states its a visual inspection


https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:32014L0045&from=EN

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Probably not relevant but how does a VE on a Public Service, Heavy Goods and Agricultural Vehicle determine

More than one wheel nut/ stud is loose or obviously not clamping in a road wheel taper
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If visible with wheel nuts in place or detachment likely.

Is it done visually or do they use a wheel brace or torque wrench?

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Paul S wrote:

wheel studs/nuts, body mountings etc. have
specific criteria detailed in the guide.. WHERE IS THE wheel studs/nuts in the guide?


Your screen shot is from the Categorisation of Defects...the VE's guide when issuing prohibitions. Wheel nuts are under IM6 - Road wheels & hubs. Just wondering if this is relevant.

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wheel studs/nuts, body mountings etc. have
specific criteria detailed in the guide.. WHERE IS THE wheel studs/nuts in the guide?

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KevG wrote:
Im hoping Stealth can help ?

And I'm hoping my reply should help.;)

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Without further official clarification I consider that it would be both unfair and unjustified to propose any measure of formal disciplinary action in this case, Stealth has outlined the opinion in a nut shell

The VE DOES NOT GET retrained/redeployed to customs and excise & kev is not given points for not testing wheel bolts for security

And further.. official clarification is required to all concerned.

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on a more serious note firstly appeal,secondly request/suggest that due to his obvious lack of knowledge/ability that he requires retraining and request confirmation of same-why should you be the only one inconvenienced?my personal suggestion would be for him to be retrained/redeployed to customs and excise,if he clearly believes his digits are strong enuff to spin wheel nuts then he might as well be somewhere that using them to probe the normal areas they investigate might be more productive:dude:

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The use of tools is limited to those deemed "acceptable" and their use is clearly defined in the Manual.
Other than the above, the inspection is passive, requiring a visual inspection & assessment.

17, 19, 21mm, Wheel sockets to be added to tools deemed "acceptable".. More than one loose wtf how long is an mot supposed to take not to mention the fee.

Advisory Wheel trims present unable to access tightness of wheel bolt nut(s)

anyone else feeling a murmur

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Was it not DVSA a couple of years back that changed the testing standards and said a wheel fixing missing was a Minor and not a fail, and then after feedback from professionals,obviously not DVSA staff, they changed it back to any fixing missing became a fail again.

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I recall a certain gentleman who conducted a re-examination of a Land Rover following a complaint regards corrosion.

The vehicle in question stood in a field for some 6 - 8 weeks through winter after the VT20 was issued before being sold on & turning up in the Manchester area. An appeal was lodged at just about the three month limit - around 86 days from test from memory.

The VE chappie re-examined the Landy 103 days after test, on the roadside, outside the house of the new owner.

My client was NOT invited to be present during the VE inspection.

The VE found a small area of corrosion in one outrigger, body mounting only, behind a front wheel arch.

The VE then attempted to issue an AWL for a defect missed during test.

We appealed naturally. I couldnt possibly disclose the name of the VE in public :shock:

Meanwhile Kev, back to your case...

A defence would probably go along the following line.

Aside from measured items, and those parts where the Manual clearly requires physical operation to assess relevant components, the MOT test relies on visual assessment.

The Manual lays down clear instructions in those areas where inspection procedures should be followed, for example the use of an assistant, and appropriate use of turn plates/shaker plates when assessing relevant components.

The use of tools is limited to those deemed "acceptable" and their use is clearly defined in the Manual.

Other than the above, the inspection is passive, requiring a visual inspection & assessment.

For example - undertrays, removal is not permitted. Where fitted the tester is expected to assume that any items which cannot be examined are in satisfactory condition unless there is contrary evidence.

Brake lining thickness. An accurate assessment is often not possible & might only be accurate if wheels were removed, which is not permitted. Unless the tester can be certain the lining material is worn beyond the limit, or cannot see the lining, the tester is required to make an assumption that the components are in a satisfactory condition.

Wheel trims. Again, removal of wheel trims is not permitted. The tester is required to make an assumption that all wheel fixings are present, secure, and suitable unless there is contrary evidence.

In respect of the examination of wheel nuts, there is no clear guidance in the Manual requiring a physical assessment (touching) of wheel nuts/studs. Such an assessment would be impossible where wheel trims are fitted, and equally difficult with modern wheel design, where the nuts/studs are significantly recessed.

Irrespective of the VE comments that the wheel nuts/studs should be "touched" as part of the inspection procedure, I would ask for consideration of the following points:

1. The Manual makes no specific reference to "touching" wheel nuts/studs as a means of assessing condition/security/tightness.

2. Modern wheel design & recessed nut/stud apertures would make this an impossibility unless the tester was gifted with fingers of the proportions of a pipe cleaner.

3. Aside from the above points, I would suggest that the only alternative & satisfactory means of confirming that wheel nuts/studs are tight would require use of tools, such as a wheel brace or torque wrench, which would be precluded under the current guidance laid down in the MOT Manual.

4. With regard to the VE observation that the wheel nuts/studs were not "touched" by the tester during his examination, some clarifaction might be beneficial for all testers to ensure consistency in test standards & procedures.

Is the practice advised by the VE to be taken as a recognised and recommended part of the MOT inspection, sanctioned by MOT scheme management, or a personal opinion expressed by one member of DVSA staff.

In summary, the tester conducted the assessment of the wheel fixings, a visual inspection, based on the information & guidance contained in the MOT Manual, and without evidence to the contrary, was satisfied that, at the time of inspection, the wheel nuts/studs were in a satisfactory condition.

Without further official clarification I consider that it would be both unfair and unjustified to propose any measure of formal disciplinary action in this case.

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Im hoping Stealth can help ?

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back in the day a VTS owner put a chair through a reception window and then had a heart attack cause some watch dog set up a motor up with no steering coupling pinch bolt, amongst other faults, & drove it in for mot illegally with a hidden camera which was subsequently aired on tv. This resulted in a SN for 'steering coupling pinch bolts'

moral of this.. they need to do a special notice for wheel bolts/nuts :X cause there weren't anything in the manual prior to this garage owner having a heart attack.

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sorry guy,dont know one off the top of my head for recessed wheel nuts:shock:you obviously got one of em who aint hit his targets for the month.one of the downsides of cpd etc was they lost a lotta their low hanging fruit cos everyones read up now and are going thru the motions somewhere near acceptable and as a result dvsa are desperately scraping around for any old bulls**t to hit their points target,just unlucky i guess:(

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You’ve obviously met him Rob. Mr Chan.
Anyway. Is there a method of inspection? Ive looked and I can’t find one anywhere.

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