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Date Posted:26/08/2010 05:34:33Copy HTML

Hi again everyone and Greg as this aimed at the knowledgeable one, as you must know by now I own an S46 recovery truck and my question is in 2 parts the first being what is involved in down rating of an S46 to get to 3.5 tonne and how would I go about this with my recovery truck as there is no plating certificate because of what it is, I imagine it has never needed one, and secondly assuming I can down rate it without major surgery  would I then just go for a normal MOT is that correct or is there reams of paperwork and expensive examinations by VOSA because if that is correct it would solve another problem for me. I am an insulin dependant diabetic and the government in there wisdom some 15 years ago decided that no insulin dependent diabetic would be allowed to drive anything over 3.5 tonne and it included those who already were driving such vehicles. I understand that all these MOT exemptions are shortly coming to an end anyway so if I can down rate to 3.5 tonne I will be able to drive it and get it MOT'ed effectively killing 2 birds with one stone so there you have it I look forward to hearing your opinion many thanks Chris
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Re:Test exemption and downrating

Date Posted:26/08/2010 06:42:19Copy HTML

 If the vehicle weighs less than 3200kgs you will be able to downrate it as you need a bit of leeway, the information and vehicle paperwork is here http://www.dodge50.co.uk/downrating/RDE053.PDF

it is quite easy and i think you just have to pay vosa to inspect the work done to downrate (add packers to the bump stops is basicly it), yours is the pre evolved type.
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Date Posted:26/08/2010 08:17:23Copy HTML

Well that sounds simple enough Greg are these bumper stops a puchasable item and if so where from? or is it a case of cutting the metal of the right thickness inserting it and job done thanks Chris
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Date Posted:26/08/2010 08:40:35Copy HTML

 It is the latter, you just need to make up the packers / spacers yourself / friendly metal worker to the spec given and to the dimensions of the bump stop, take off the bump stops, put the packers between them and the chassis, paint the packers bright yellow (so it is easy to see them) and uncle bob it is.

Best to phone vosa and have a quick chat, i have found them very helpfull when phoning for info.
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Date Posted:27/08/2010 08:33:51Copy HTML

Am i correct in thinking after that is done I am then in the normal MOT class, I am a bit out of touch with all that now, is it still called a group 7 test  like a lot of motor homes used to have, thanks Greg Chris
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Date Posted:27/08/2010 09:06:48Copy HTML

Yes you will only need a normal mot from then on once it has been downrated
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Date Posted:27/08/2010 11:15:53Copy HTML

That's great news Greg if I ever get the bastard thing mobile that will be my first port of call thanks again Greg Chris
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