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MOT and rear seat belts

Post by mpbarrett on Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:16 pm

We have a 2011 Symbol ES (this has 2 rear travelling seats and belts in it). I just had it MOT'ed (with a garage used to van, lorries and campervans) and had noticed that one the of the rear seats belts (offside) was jammed. It passed the MOT like this and it made me wonder if the MOT only considers the base van and not the rear seat belts?

I want to fix this and have had a look at the rear seat belt and at the moment cant get it out as the captive nut holding it is not longer captive and is rotating. This might be a challenge as I cant see yet how to get a  spanner on the hidden nut...  Once I have got it off where to get a replacement belt, is it best to go direct to Autosleeper or to a campervan dealer?

Very pleased with the van, had it for less than a year and have done nearly 6000 miles in it but that only takes it to 14000 miles total.

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Re: MOT and rear seat belts

Post by Paulmold on Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:26 pm

My Nuevo ES has passed the last 3 MOTs and I know they never checked the rear belts. Possibly because we always leave the rest seats as benches, the testers have probably never noticed it has rear belts. On my car  they always test them because they always leave them fastened.

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Re: MOT and rear seat belts

Post by peugeotboxer on Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:29 pm

I always fasten mine before the test. 
I don't want some scruffy mechanic rummaging in the lockers for the belts.
Having said that, I have no idea if they are checked!

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Re: MOT and rear seat belts

Post by rogerblack on Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:38 pm

The MOT test only requires the inspection of statutory seat belts. What constitutes this in a motor caravan has been argued and debated many, many times on this and other forums.
There are flow charts here which may or may not clarify the muddy waters:
http://www.ukmot.com/manual/5.1/Seat-Belt-Requirements#MOTMANUAL

I have lost track of which is the latest set of regs; if these 2012 are out of date then I am happy to stand corrected.

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Post by Paulmold on Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:20 pm

peugeotboxer wrote:I always fasten mine before the test. 
I don't want some scruffy mechanic rummaging in the lockers for the belts.
Having said that, I have no idea if they are checked!

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A scruffy mechanic should still pull the webbing right out to inspect for any cuts etc.

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Re: MOT and rear seat belts

Post by mpbarrett on Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:05 pm

thanks. 
Worth checking them oneself particularly if they are not often used...
I still cant remove the bolt holding it to the body but have managed to unjam it. There is a small bit of plastic that acts as a guide for the belt. This had broken off the body of the device and wrapped with the belt around the drum. Managed to remove it and the belt is now fine and locks if pulled fast.

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Re: MOT and rear seat belts

Post by mpbarrett on Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:10 pm

just looked at the registration document for the van and it states that it has two seats!
So maybe they ignore the rear two. Wonder if that means the insurance wont cover you for rear passengers?
I think this is a can of worms best left closed.

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