You must inspect all windscreens, including windscreens that open.
How to inspect:
Sit in the driver’s seat.
Check the driver’s field of vision through the windscreen.
Check the driver’s field of vision through the front side windows.
You should only fail the windscreen if the view is significantly affected. If only the driver’s view of the sky or the bonnet is affected, it should not be rejected.
You do not need to consider how the field of vision would be affected by tall or short drivers
The following are only considered a defect if they seriously restrict the driver’s view:
- taxi signs to indicate when the vehicle is ‘for hire’
- ‘official’ stickers, such as parking and disabled permits
- sun visor on the driver’s side that cannot be stowed in the ‘off screen’ position
- windscreen wipers that automatically stop in a position obscuring the view
You can remove items such as a sat nav or air fresheners that obstruct the driver’s view of the road. However, make sure you tell the driver.
You must inspect bonnet catches on vehicles with a bonnet, which would obscure the driver’s view of the road if opened. The inspection is only for primary catches - those that hold the bonnet fully closed. Secondary safety catches are not part of the inspection.
You must accept manufacturer’s original design characteristics, such as:
- opaque edging
- split windscreens
- modifications to security type vehicles, for example additional windscreen protection and strengthening supports
Additional interior mirrors and externally mounted items such as mascots and spare wheels are not part of the test.
|(a) An obstruction:
(i) within the driver’s field of view that significantly affects his view in front or to the sides outside the swept area of windscreen
(ii) significantly affecting the driver’s view of the road through the swept area of the windscreen or an obligatory external mirror not visible
|(b) A bonnet:
(i) which cannot be safely secured in the closed position
(ii) seriously at risk of opening inadvertently
|(c) A bonnet primary retaining device excessively deteriorated, ineffective or insecure