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grantbm3

Are removable tinted headlight covers Allowed. It seems to be a very grey area, while most of our traffic enforcement officers don't seem to have an issue with them on the whole when used during the day, a very small minority of them seem to be very highly strung when it comes to them. Obviously the use of these covers at night are, and would be illegal, as they cut down the light emitted from the headlights, hence they are removable for nighttime driving,but during the day when headlights are not required ???
Very interested in clarification on these if you can assist. Thank you.

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Anon

No, it's not a grey area, these are illegal. It clearly states in the WoF manual that obscured headlamps are a reason for rejection.

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grantbm3

Thank you for your response. While I fully appreciate that these are not legally applicable to procuring a wof, and in that respect definitely not a grey area, it was my understanding that use of these for show cars, or during the daylight hours is perfectly fine, which has been recently confirmed by my local wof issuing authority. Which begs the question are you able to use these during daylight hours or on a show car which has a current reg and wof, as this seems to be the grey area ?? Thank you.

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Anon

It is illegal to use a vehicle that is not up to WoF standard on a public road. Like anything else that's required for a WoF, you can't present the vehicle for a WoF inspection in a legal condition and proceed to use it in an illegal condition.
There's nothing stopping you from parking the vehicle on a field at a car show with them on, but once you drive out onto a road, they must be removed.

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ollepo1

Hey ABayliss, sorry to question your response but under the WoF standards as found online i have seen it says under the headlamp standards "Note 5
If a headlamp is fitted with a readily removable cover, other than a clear protective cover, this must be removed for inspection of the headlamp." Which lead me to believe tinted covers were legal if removable. Could you provide some clarification on what this note in the standards may mean?
Thanks

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