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4 Lighting

4-1 Vehicle lighting equipment

Requirements

  What the Transport Agency expects of you How the Transport Agency will assess your performance
4.1.1
Correct technical decisions

You thoroughly inspect all components and correctly determine whether the vehicle structure complies with all Transport Agency requirements, taking into account all technical information including that provided by the Transport Agency such as the VIRM: Entry certification.

The Transport Agency will:

  • talk to you
  • observe you at work
  • inspect vehicles which you have certified
  • inspect inspection and certification documents you use and complete
  • inspect information you enter into the Transport Agency computer system.

The Transport Agency may:

  • take into account outcomes from complaints and random re-inspections since your last review.
4.1.2
Technical competence

You are competent in all technical aspects relating to vehicle structures. This means you are competent in:

  • the assessment of vehicle lighting
  • Transport Agency requirements (including VIRM requirements) relating to vehicle lighting and the assessment of vehicle lighting
  • Transport Agency guidelines relating to vehicle lighting
  • the operation of the equipment used for inspecting vehicle lighting.

The Transport Agency will:

  • talk to you
  • ask questions to check your competence relating to vehicle lighting and the assessment of vehicle lighting
  • observe you at work
  • inspect inspection and certification documents you use and complete
  • inspect your Training record.

The Transport Agency may administer a short test on vehicle lighting and the assessment of vehicle lighting.

4.1.3
Technical equipment

You have:

  • a tape measure.
  • a beamsetter for commercial use, and/or
  • a lightboard.

The equipment is in good condition and working order.

The Transport Agency will inspect your technical equipment.

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4.1.1
Correct technical decisions

You do not thoroughly inspect all vehicle lighting equipment or correctly determine whether it complies with all Transport Agency requirements, including approved vehicle standards

The area of non-compliance is likely to compromise the safety of vehicle occupants or other road users.

For example:

  • the aim of a head lamp dipped beam is too high
  • a vehicle’s head lamps’ pattern dips towards the centre line
  • a class MA vehicle has not been fitted with a high-mounted stop lamp.

You do not thoroughly inspect all vehicle lighting equipment or correctly determine whether it complies with all Transport Agency requirements, including approved vehicle standards

The area of non-compliance may compromise the safety of vehicle occupants or other road users.

For example:

  • a lamp that is required to comply with an approved standard does not comply or cannot be demonstrated to comply with an approved standard
  • a lamp, other than a reversing lamp or registration plate lamp, emits a white light, eg due to damage or significant fading of the lens.

You do not thoroughly inspect all vehicle lighting equipment or correctly determine whether it complies with all Transport Agency requirements, including approved vehicle standards.

The area of non-compliance is unlikely to compromise the safety of vehicle occupants or other road users.

For example:

  • a lens is damaged in a way that allows dirt or moisture to enter, but the optical properties of the lamp have not yet been affected
  • the light output of a pair of headlamps is not approximately equal
  • the aim of a low beam head lamp is too low
  • when switched on, a fog lamp does not operate.

You thoroughly inspect all vehicle lighting equipment and correctly determine whether it complies with all Transport Agency requirements, including approved vehicle standards.

4.1.2
Technical competence

You demonstrate:

  • little or no competence in the technical aspects relating to all vehicle lighting equipment, including their compliance with approved vehicle standards
  • a level of competence that is likely to compromise the safety of vehicle occupants or other road users.

This means there are significant gaps in your knowledge of, or skills in:

  • the assessment of vehicle lighting equipment
  • Transport Agency requirements (including VIRM requirements) relating to vehicle lighting equipment and the assessment of vehicle lighting equipment
  • Transport Agency guidelines relating to vehicle lighting equipment
  • the operation of the equipment you use for assessing vehicle lighting equipment.

You demonstrate:

  • some competence in the technical aspects relating to all vehicle lighting equipment, including their compliance with approved vehicle standards
  • a level of competence that may compromise the safety of vehicle occupants or other road users.

This means there are some gaps in your knowledge of, or skills in:

  • the assessment of vehicle lighting equipment
  • Transport Agency requirements (including VIRM requirements) relating to vehicle lighting equipment and the assessment of vehicle lighting equipment
  • Transport Agency guidelines relating to vehicle lighting equipment
  • the operation of the equipment you use for assessing vehicle lighting equipment.

You demonstrate:

  • adequate competence in the technical aspects relating to all vehicle lighting equipment, including their compliance with approved vehicle standards
  • a level of competence that is unlikely to compromise the safety of vehicle occupants or other road users.

This means there are minor gaps in your knowledge of, or skills in:

  • the assessment of vehicle lighting equipment
  • Transport Agency requirements (including VIRM requirements) relating to vehicle lighting equipment and the assessment of vehicle lighting equipment
  • Transport Agency guidelines relating to vehicle lighting equipment
  • the operation of the equipment you use for assessing vehicle lighting equipment.

You can demonstrate comprehensive competence in the technical aspects relating to all vehicle lighting equipment, including their compliance with approved vehicle standards.

This means you can demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of, and skills in:

  • the assessment of vehicle lighting equipment
  • Transport Agency requirements (including VIRM requirements) relating to vehicle lighting equipment and the assessment of vehicle lighting equipment
  • Transport Agency guidelines relating to vehicle lighting equipment
  • the operation of the equipment you use for assessing vehicle lighting equipment.
4.1.3
Technical equipment

Not all of the specified equipment is available. Where equipment is available, some or all of it is not in working order.

All specified equipment is available and in working order, but some or all of it is in poor condition.

All specified equipment is available, in working order, and in at least adequate condition.

All specified equipment is available and in good condition and working order.