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THIRD SCHEDULE
Manner and Conditions of Carrying Out An Examination and Apparatus to be Used
Part I
General
1.  In this Schedule, unless the context otherwise requires —
“audible warning instrument’s requirements” means the prescribed statutory requirements specified in paragraph (k) of the First Schedule;
“bodywork and suspension’s requirements” means the prescribed statutory requirements specified in paragraph (l) of the First Schedule;
“braking requirements” means the prescribed statutory requirements specified in paragraph (a) of the First Schedule;
“CNG system requirements” means the prescribed statutory requirements specified in paragraph (m) of the First Schedule;
“direction indicator’s requirements” means the prescribed statutory requirements specified in paragraph (h) of the First Schedule;
“examiner” means the person carrying out or personally supervising the examination of a motor vehicle;
“exhaust’s requirements” means the prescribed statutory requirements specified in paragraph (j) of the First Schedule;
“lights’ requirements” means the prescribed statutory requirements specified in paragraph (d) of the First Schedule;
“lighting requirements” means the prescribed statutory requirements specified in paragraph (c) of the First Schedule;
“seat belt’s requirements” means the prescribed statutory requirements specified in paragraph (g) of the First Schedule;
“steering requirements” means the prescribed statutory requirements specified in paragraph (b) of the First Schedule;
“tyre requirements” means the prescribed statutory requirements specified in paragraphs (e) and (f) of the First Schedule;
“windscreen’s requirements” means the prescribed statutory requirements specified in paragraph (i) of the First Schedule.
2.—(1)  In an examination of a motor vehicle in accordance with this Schedule, all parts of the vehicle and its equipment and accessories shall be examined under a sufficient light and, where it is necessary to do so to enable such parts, equipment or accessories to be efficiently examined, the vehicle shall be placed over an inspection pit or elevated on a hoist or ramp.
(2)  For the purposes of the examination, there shall be no dismantling of the vehicle or any part thereof by the use of tools.
Part II
Braking Requirements
3.  The examination of a motor vehicle to ascertain whether the braking requirements are complied with shall be carried out in accordance with this Part.
4.  The vehicle shall be examined to ascertain whether —
(a)
the braking systems are in good mechanical condition;
(b)
the braking systems are properly adjusted to operate in accordance with the braking requirements;
(c)
there is any such lack of balance in the application of the brakes to the wheels as to cause, or to be likely to cause, serious deviation of the vehicle from its course when being driven on a road; and
(d)
there is any evident defect in the vehicle or its equipment by reason of which any of the braking requirements is not being complied with.
5.—(1)  The examination of the braking systems of the vehicle shall include a test of the braking efficiency of its brakes to ascertain whether they have the braking efficiency required by the braking requirements (referred to in this Part as the requisite braking efficiency).
(2)  A test of the braking efficiency of the brakes of the vehicle shall be carried out —
(a)
by placing the vehicle on any suitable brake testing apparatus and using it to measure the braking force which is developed when the brakes are applied and determining by expressing that force when expressed as a percentage of the weight of the vehicle (including any person or load carried in the vehicle at the time) whether the brakes have the requisite braking efficiency; and
(b)
when the brake testing apparatus is not working properly, by applying the brakes when the vehicle is being driven on a road or any other suitable place, and by using a suitable decelerometer to measure and determine whether the brakes have the requisite braking efficiency.
(3)  Where a motor vehicle has at least 4 wheels and 2 means of operating its brakes, and —
(a)
each means of operation applies brakes to at least 4 wheels, the brakes as applied by one of the means shall have a total braking efficiency of not less than 50% and the brakes as applied by the other means shall have a braking efficiency of not less than 20%; or
(b)
only one of the means of operation applies brakes to at least 4 wheels, the brakes as applied by that means shall have a total braking efficiency of not less than 50% and the brakes as applied by the other means shall have a braking efficiency of not less than 20%.
(4)  The difference between the braking forces of the right and left wheels of each axle shall not be more than 8% of the axle weight.
(5)  Where a motor vehicle has less than 4 wheels and only 2 means of operating its brakes, the brakes as applied by any one of the means shall have a total braking efficiency of not less than 50%.
(6)  A test of the brakes of a vehicle under this paragraph may, if the examiner thinks fit, be supplemented by a further test of the vehicle being driven on a road or any other suitable place and by its brakes being applied while it is being so driven for the purpose of determining, by observation of the effects of such application, whether all the braking requirements are complied with.
(7)  In this paragraph —
(a)
any reference to the brakes of a vehicle being applied shall be a reference to its brakes being applied by the means of operation provided for that purpose and, where a vehicle has more than one means of operation, is a reference to its brakes being applied separately by each of those means;
(b)
“brake testing apparatus” means any apparatus designed and constructed to measure the braking force developed when the brakes of a motor vehicle are applied; and
(c)
“decelerometer” means an apparatus designed and constructed to measure the braking efficiency of the brakes of a motor vehicle when those brakes are applied while the vehicle is being driven.
Part III
Steering Requirements
6.  The examination of a motor vehicle to ascertain whether the steering requirements are complied with shall be carried out in accordance with this Part.
7.  The vehicle shall be examined to ascertain whether —
(a)
the steering gear is in good mechanical condition;
(b)
the steering gear is properly adjusted to operate as intended by its design;
(c)
the front wheel bearings are in good mechanical condition and are properly adjusted; and
(d)
there is any defect in the vehicle or its equipment by reason of which any of the steering requirements is not being complied with.
Part IV
Lighting and Lights’ Requirements
8.  The examination of a motor vehicle to ascertain whether the lighting requirements are complied with shall be carried out in accordance with this Part.
9.  The vehicle shall be examined to ascertain whether —
(a)
it is equipped with lamps and reflectors which comply with the lighting requirements as respects their number and the positions in which they are attached to the vehicle;
(b)
the lamps and reflectors are in a clean and efficient condition; and
(c)
the vehicle is so equipped that the lamps can be used to show a white light to the front or a red light to the rear visible from a reasonable distance, so as to comply with the lighting requirements.
10.—(1)  Where the vehicle is one to which the lighting requirements relating to a vehicle provided with a head lamp apply, the vehicle shall be examined under this paragraph to ascertain whether those requirements are complied with.
(2)  An examination under this paragraph shall be carried out to determine whether the beam of light emitted from each of the head lamps when the vehicle is being driven on a road during the hours of darkness —
(a)
is or can be so deflected that it is incapable of causing any dazzle; or
(b)
can be extinguished by the operation of a device which at the same time causes —
(i)
a beam of light to be emitted from that lamp;
(ii)
deflects the beam of light from another lamp; or
(iii)
another lamp to emit a beam of light,
in such a manner that the beam of light so emitted or deflected cannot cause any dazzle.
(3)  For the purpose of the examination of a head lamp under sub-paragraph (2), the direction of the beam of light which would be emitted from that lamp if it were to be used to show a light to the front in the circumstances specified in the sub-paragraph shall be tested by ascertaining what the direction of the beam of light emitted therefrom is in relation to the vehicle by using any apparatus designed and constructed for the purpose of ascertaining within reasonable limits of precision the direction of the beam of light emitted from such lamp.
11.  The examination of a motor vehicle to ascertain whether the lights’ requirements are complied with shall be carried out in accordance with this Part.
12.  The vehicle shall be examined to ascertain whether —
(a)
it is equipped with lights which comply with the lights’ requirements as respects their number and the positions in which they are attached to the vehicle;
(b)
the lamps are in a clean and efficient condition; and
(c)
the vehicle is so equipped that the lamps show a steady red light when the brakes which operate the lamps are applied, and, where more than one such lamp is fitted, that the light is emitted by at least 2 of the lamps at the same time.
Part V
Tyre Requirements
13.  The examination of a motor vehicle to ascertain whether the tyre requirements are complied with shall be carried out in accordance with this Part.
14.  The vehicle shall be examined to ascertain whether its tyres comply with the tyre requirements and in particular to ascertain whether —
(a)
except in the case of a heavy motor car, any tyre is a recut pneumatic tyre;
(b)
any tyre is unsuitable having regard to the types of tyres fitted to its other wheels;
(c)
any cross-ply tyre is fitted on its rear axle and a radial-ply tyre is fitted on its front axle;
(d)
any tyre has a break in its fabric, or has a cut in excess of 25 millimetres or 10% of the sectional width of the tyre, whichever is the greater, measured in any direction on the outside of the tyre and deep enough to reach the body cords of the tyre;
(e)
any tyre has any lump or bulge (caused by a separation or partial failure of its structure) or any exposure of the ply or cord structure;
(f)
the tread pattern (excluding any tie bar) of each tyre has a depth of at least one millimetre throughout at least three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and round the entire outer circumference of the tyre; and
(g)
there is any other defect in any tyre or wheel by reason of which any of the tyre requirements is not being complied with.
Part VI
Seat Belt’s Requirements
15.  The examination of a motor vehicle to ascertain whether the seat belt’s requirements are complied with shall be carried out in accordance with this Part.
16.  The vehicle shall be examined to ascertain whether —
(a)
it is provided with the seat belts that are in a good and efficient condition;
(b)
the seat belts are securely attached to the seat for which they are provided or to the structure of the vehicle; and
(c)
all load-bearing members of the structure of the vehicle or panelling within 30 centimetres of an anchorage point are in a sound condition.
Part VII
Direction Indicator’s Requirements
17.  The examination of a motor vehicle to ascertain whether the direction indicator’s requirements are complied with shall be carried out in accordance with this Part.
18.  The vehicle shall be examined to ascertain whether —
(a)
it is equipped with direction indicators which comply with the direction indicator’s requirements as respects their number, type and the position in which they are attached to the vehicle;
(b)
the indicators are in a clean and efficient condition;
(c)
in the case of a vehicle registered after 1st January 1975, the colour of every direction indicator is amber;
(d)
in the case of a vehicle registered on or prior to 1st January 1975, the colour of each of the indicators —
(i)
if it shows a light at both the front and the rear, is amber;
(ii)
if it shows a light only to the front, is amber or white; and
(iii)
if it shows a light only to the rear, is amber or red;
(e)
each of the indicators is visible from a reasonable distance;
(f)
where the vehicle is fitted with electrical lighting equipment, each of the indicators shows a steady or flashing light;
(g)
where the indicators are equipped to show a flashing light, the rate of such flashing is not less than 60 or more than 120 flashes per minute; and
(h)
the vehicle is so equipped that the driver in his seat is readily aware that a direction indicator is in operation.
Part VIII
Windscreen’s Requirements
19.  The examination of a motor vehicle to ascertain whether the windscreen’s requirements are complied with shall be carried out in accordance with this Part.
20.  The vehicle shall be examined to ascertain whether —
(a)
the windscreen wiper or wipers which are required to be fitted are in a good and efficient condition and capable of clearing the windscreen so that the driver has an adequate view of the road in front of the near and off sides of the vehicle and to the front of the vehicle; and
(b)
the vehicle is equipped with any windscreen washer or washers in a good and efficient condition and capable of clearing, in conjunction with the windscreen wiper or wipers, the area of the windscreen swept by the wiper or wipers.
Part IX
Exhaust’s Requirements
21.  The examination of a motor vehicle to ascertain whether the exhaust’s requirements are complied with shall be carried out in accordance with this Part.
22.  The vehicle shall be examined to ascertain whether it conforms to the standard prescribed for in-use vehicles under the Fifth Schedule to the Environmental Pollution Control (Vehicular Emissions) Regulations 1999 (G.N. No. S 291/99).
Part X
Audible Warning Instrument’s Requirements
23.  The examination of a motor vehicle to ascertain whether the audible warning instrument’s requirements are complied with shall be carried out in accordance with this Part.
24.  The vehicle shall be examined to ascertain whether it is equipped with an instrument capable of giving an audible and sufficient warning of its approach or position.
Part XI
Bodywork and Suspension’s Requirements
25.  The examination of a motor vehicle to ascertain whether the bodywork and suspension’s requirements are complied with shall be carried out in accordance with this Part.
26.  The vehicle shall be examined to ascertain whether any part of its bodywork or suspension is so affected by rust, or has otherwise been so damaged, that the proper functioning of the braking system or steering gear of the vehicle is likely to be prejudicially affected by reason thereof.
27.  The examination shall be a visual examination of the vehicle and in particular of its underside, but there shall not be any dismantling of the vehicle or any part thereof.
Part XII
CNG System Requirements
28.  The examination of a CNG vehicle to ascertain whether the CNG system requirements are complied with shall be carried out in accordance with this Part.
29.  The CNG vehicle shall be examined to ascertain whether —
(a)
the CNG identification markings and CNG system information marking comply with the CNG system requirements in so far as they relate to such markings;
(b)
the components of the CNG system and the mounting thereof are in a good and effective condition; and
(c)
there is any leakage in the CNG system.