MOT testers appear to be still in limbo with this as the DOT have not given a specific date to apply this new rule. I would ask the MOT staion you intend going to whether they consider it a fail yet or just an advisory.
Below is a quote from the MOT testers forum on the subject:-
VOSA have caused all this confusion....
In Oct 2011 (SN 7/2011), they said the new components in the test had to be tested from 1/1/12, but to allow testers time to become familiar with the 'new components', any defects on these new items could not be failed, but must be advised ONLY until April 2012.
In November 2011 (SN 9/2011)they clarified that the new testable components would be subject to a 'bedding in period' and that any defects found on the new components would be advisory.
Naturally the trade took this 'bedding in' period to mean April 2012 ie as per earlier SN 7/11 stated.
To compound matters the MoT computer wont allow testers to advise said items, as they dont appear on the VTS database, yet they do appear in the testers Manual as fails.............!
VOSA have remained very quiet on the subject, until SN 2/2012, which mentiond an update to the MoT computer of 9 April 2012. This 'update' however only relates to the testing GUIDE ie policy book on the testing scheme.
Until further notice from VOSA, this 'bedding in' period could go on for months...........
Why oh why haven't VOSA had the courtesy/decency to clarify the situation?
Here's a link to the forumhttp://forums.motester.co.uk/forum3/2348.html
However, I don't agree with your initial solution of 'busting the bulb'. How can you now be 'positive' whether your airbags have a fault or not,now or in the future, if you have no warning light?
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