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I have sent a email to the DVSA for a explanation as to what this comment is on my MOT and should it actually be there.
I'll let you all know what they say.
Guessing TBH but under the new MoT rules the tester is required to measure the (smoke) emissions and compare them to the 'plate' levels for your car and, probably, advise you how close they are to the limit. In your case the tester couldn't detect any measurable emissions at all so that is what he has advised. Advisories do NOT indicate a 'fault' as such and can be as simple as tread depth or pad thickness ...
Either way, it is absolutely nothing for you to be worried about!
Anchorchap kindly changed brake fluid in wife's car last year, which due to twin exhaust set up is a wee pain unless the wheel is removed. Anyway, the careless buffoon spilled a tiny wee drop of brake fluid underneath. MOT few weeks later......first ever phequing advisory........
"EVIDENCE OF EITHER BRAKE FLUID LEAK OR SPILL, BUT NONE EVIDENT WHEN BRAKE PEDAL PRESSED......"
Complete Arse...........won't be doing THAT car again........just needed to ask........"You changed brake fluid mate.....?"
Reply from the DVSA below, I must admit, I'm none the wiser...
Dear Mr McLeish
Thank you for your email enquiry dated 25 March 2019, concerning your MOT.
The use of advisories is not mandatory, but testers are instructed that it would be wise to issue an advisory in the following circumstances:-
· Where they find a defect on a non-testable item.
· Where they are not certain that a defect meets the criterion to justify failure.
· Where they consider that an item has passed the test, but will require early replacement, adjustment or repair.
It would be good practice for the MOT tester to issue an advisory notice if he spots an issue with the vehicle meeting the above criteria, but there is no legal obligation for him or her to do so.
Whilst, there is no legal requirement for advisories to recorded, the Motor Vehicles (Tests) Regulations 1981 as amended (MVTR) provides the legislative requirements for a tester to input advisory items at their discretion.
The advisory notice is an optional device to assist test stations in advising presenters on the present condition of non testable components etc. The issue of this document is not covered by MOT Regulations (unlike the VT20 and VT30) so DVSA cannot enforce its use, though we always put strong emphasis on it's use especially during training.
DVSA believes that the advisory notice is a useful and effective tool in advising presenters and potential buyers of a vehicle's general condition but ultimately it is the vehicle owners responsibility to confirm the vehicle's condition.
Also please see an extract from The MOT Inspection Manual for private passenger and light commercial vehicle, Section 184.108.40.206 Opacity which relates to Compression ignition engine emissions below:
Maximum engine revs can't be achieved on some vehicles due to design features. If this is the case, the vehicle must be tested as presented. Such vehicles, as well as some with low emission diesel engines (mainly Euro IV and onwards) may fail to trigger a reading on the DSM.
If you can't get a reading or the DSM shows an error, you should mark the printout to show that the emissions limits were tested and met but the DSM couldn’t register the reading.
If you can't print out the results from the meter, write down the following details and keep them for 3 months:
test station number tester's name date and time test number vehicle type vehicle registration number that the vehicle passed the emissions test no print out was produced due to low emissions
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