1.5 Direction Indicators

Information Method of Inspection Reason for rejection
This inspection applies to: all motor bicycles except those which either have no front or rear position lamps or have such lamps permanently disconnected, painted over or masked that are
• only used during daylight hours, and
• not used at times of seriously reduced visibility.

If this situation occurs the machine presenter should be issued with a VT32 (advisory notice) recording the above.


If direction indicators are fitted they must meet the requirements of this inspection, but need not be fitted to a machine which

• cannot exceed 30mph / 50kph, or
• was first used before 1 August 1986, or
• off road motor bicycles that are designed to carry only the rider
• off road motor bicycles with side car designed to carry the rider and one passenger in the side car.

Off road motor bicycles are constructed or adapted primarily for use off road (whether by reason of its tyres, suspension, ground clearance or otherwise).

Statutory indicators
The precise position and angle of visibility of direction
indicators are not part of this inspection, but they must be on each side of the longitudinal axis of a solo machine. If a side car is attached, the indicators must be on opposite sides of the combination.

Motorcycles first used before 1 September 1965 may be fitted with direction indicators showing a WHITE light to the front and a RED light to the rear.

On motorcycles without a battery or with an insufficiently charged battery, it will be necessary to run the engine. The 'tell tale' may be audible, visual or both.

Amber lamps located within the indicator lamp must not adversely affect the operation of the indicator i.e. the indicator must go on and off to function not dim and bright.
1. Operate the direction indicators on each side in turn and check the colour, flash rate and it is not obscured. Check that the illumination of the indicators are not affected by the operation of any other lamp. Each lamp must emit an amber light, except vehicles first used before 1 September 1965 where both front indicators may be white and both rear indicators red.

Note: At least 50% of light sources in a lamp must illuminate

2. Operating the indicators see that the operation of each front indicator is readily visible from the riding position or that the ėtell taleķ is operating correctly.

3. Check the condition and security of each direction indicator.

4. Check the condition and operation of the switch.
1. A direction indicator

a. missing or obscured
b. does not show a light of the appropriate colour
c. not working or not flashing 60 to 120 times per minute, or which is affected by the operation of another lamp.

2. A tell tale does not function or operate correctly.

Note: If the indicators can be seen from the riding position there is no need for a ėtell taleķ to operate.

3. An indicator lamp

a. so damaged or deteriorated that its function is impaired.
b. insecure.

4. A defective or insecure switch or one which does not operate the direction indicators on the side selected.
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