An official Vehicle Testing Scheme starts in Britain Sept 12 next. It covers cars, motor-cycles?
CU.PAN.From sign reading 'Vehicle Testing Station' PAN to garage.
SCU. Man fixing new sign.
LV. 1946 Austin comes in for testing, stops on the brake tester.
LV. Car undergoes test, rollers test efficiency of fully applied brakes.
CU. Test clocks.
SV. Car over test pit.
CU. Car undergoes steering test.
CU. Decelerometer to test braking efficiency distance at 20 m.p.h.
SV. Decelerometer placed in car.
SV. Car moves forward for lighting tests.
SV. Undergoes rear light test.
SCU. Headlight test.
SV. Lighting test.
CU. Sign 'Vehicles Tested at This Station to Date 26911.'
SCU. 1935 taxi undergoes brake test.
CU. Undergoes lighting test.
LV.PAN.Old taxi drives away.
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Background: An official Vehicle Testing Scheme starts in Britain Sept 12 next. It covers cars, motor-cycles and smaller goods vehicles and taxis. At 12,500 garages throughout the country - carrying a special Vehicle Testing Station sign - owners will be able to take their vehicles to be tested to see whether brakes, lights and steering are good enough for statutory requirements.
A small fee is necessary for vehicle testing - 10s. 6d. for a solo "motor-bicycle" and 15s for all other vehicles. Certificates will be granted to owners of vehicles which pass the test, and if a certificate is refused, an owner can have a re-test at a reduced fee if he brings the vehicle in for re-test - after getting the necessary repairs done - within 14 days. There is a scheme under which owners can appeal against a test station's refusal to grant the certificate, and special test requirements for "veteran" cars to help enable them to continue using the roads.
The test certificate, valid for 12 months, can be granted for any vehicle, irrespective of age, in the classes covered by the scheme. Tests will not be compulsory at first, but soon, probably before the year's end, a date will be named after which ten-year-old (or older) vehicles will be required by law to have a certificate if they are to continue in use on the roads.