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Driving without wing mirror?legal?

strobez1977strobez1977

Hi i have just had my drivers side wing mirror knocked of by a careless woman driving down a country road,she refused to pull in the the side where she had room and continued driving towards me and then knocking my wing mirror off,went to pick it up but its no good,mirror broken etc,spoke to the lady and she gave me her tel num and address and said she will pay for it,is it ok for me to still drive my car on the road as it is?dont want any points on my licence etc,i will get it sorted on monday as everything is shut on the week end :(


thanks

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    wookiemummy
    No you need your drivers side mirror. Doesn't matter about the other side but you do need the drivers side.
    Foosball Chum
    Its not illegal do drive without one. Though a necessary driving tool

    Just ensure you check over your right shoulder for all your manoeuvres
    Mrs.Z
    I read before that you need to have 2 mirrors, so as long as you have one wing mirror and the interior one then you are ok.
    t0mm
    Mrs.Z;2962389
    I read before that you need to have 2 mirrors, so as long as you have one wing mirror and the interior one then you are ok.

    i believe this to be correct also, one interior, one exterior.
    oriental*lilly
    You can get new mirrors that just stick over broken ones if you can attach the mirror casing back to your car.
    harlzter
    Mrs.Z;2962389
    I read before that you need to have 2 mirrors, so as long as you have one wing mirror and the interior one then you are ok.


    dcx_badass;2962580
    I think the law is you need two mirrors?

    You do need two mirrors but im sure one of them has to be an off-side rear view exterior mirror.

    You must have either an old banger or a nice classic though if it does have a "wing" mirror as they have all been door mounted for a long time:p
    blackpeppa
    driver mirror yes. passenger mirror no.

    contact scrap merchants on internet if you are confident fitting it yourself.
    Predikuesi
    If your car, and obviously most do, usually has two wing mirrors, then it is illegal to have one missing. If you are driving to obtain a replacement, then there is no problem.
    tigers
    Almost Sure That It Is Not Illegal But Your Car Will Not Pass An Mot Without The Mirror Being Mended
    lumoruk
    Anyone saying you can drive with only one exterior mirror whether near side or off side are wrong. Unless the vehicle was made with only one wing mirror then you must have both. You can only drive to a garage to have it repaired or to a scrap yard to fix it there with the parts.
    strobez1977
    if i was unlucky enough to get stopped couldnt i just say that it happend 5 min ago,i still have the broken mirror in the boot,no where will be open to get a mirror till monday
    wookiemummy
    I will find out 110% for tomorrow morning for you. 99% would let you off if you had it in the boot and said it had just happened. There should be places open tomorrow to get it sorted.
    strobez1977
    wookiemummy
    I will find out 110% for tomorrow morning for you. 99% would let you off if you had it in the boot and said it had just happened. There should be places open tomorrow to get it sorted.


    thanks m8,was planning on taking my kid to the beech tomorrow and wouldnt want to spoil it for them,i will call the local breakers in the morn to see if there open
    Shengis
    lumoruk
    Anyone saying you can drive with only one exterior mirror whether near side or off side are wrong. Unless the vehicle was made with only one wing mirror then you must have both. You can only drive to a garage to have it repaired or to a scrap yard to fix it there with the parts.


    From the MOT testers manual.....

    Obligatory mirrors
    Obligatory mirrors are
    a. an exterior mirror fitted to the offside (right-hand side when seated in the
    drivers seat), or

    b, an exterior mirror fitted to the
    nearside fleft hand side when seated In the drivers seat), or

    c. an interior mirror.

    Passenger vehicles with no more than 7 passenger seats first used before 1 August 1978 must have any one of the above options.

    Passenger vehicles with more than 7 passenger seats of any age, and all passenger vehicles first used on or after I August 1978 (not being a minibus as above), must have two mirrors, one of which must be option 'a'.


    So having no passenger mirror (as long as you have an interior mirror) IS road legal.
    lumoruk
    found it...

    "6.1 Vehicle Structure, Body Security and Condition"
    "Body condition
    This part of the examination applies to all vehicles."

    "4. [COLOR="Red"]A sharp edge or projection, caused by corrosion or damage, which renders the vehicle dangerous to other road users, including pedestrians[/COLOR]

    but yeah i was thinking about my work van needing two side mirrors as i have no view out the back
    Shengis
    lumoruk
    found it...

    "6.1 Vehicle Structure, Body Security and Condition"
    "Body condition
    This part of the examination applies to all vehicles."

    "4. [COLOR="Red"]A sharp edge or projection, caused by corrosion or damage, which renders the vehicle dangerous to other road users, including pedestrians[/COLOR]

    but yeah i was thinking about my work van needing two side mirrors as i have no view out the back


    Interesting you should bring the sharp edges thing up. Did you know that if you go in with a cracked bumper that has sharp edges they can fail you. Turn up with NO bumper at all and all sharp edges covered and its a pass. Gotta love VOSA PMSL;-) Another one on cunstruction and use, people with rear wipers... They DON'T have to work, its not a fail even though most people think it is :lol:
    fireheaven
    Had a massive looooong lecture about this from my dad when I made the mistake of asking why there was no wing mirror on the passenger side of his classic car. Apparently so long as you have your rear view mirror and one on the driver's side it is legal
    csiman
    Shengis;2964418
    Interesting you should bring the sharp edges thing up. Did you know that if you go in with a cracked bumper that has sharp edges they can fail you. Turn up with NO bumper at all and all sharp edges covered and its a pass. Gotta love VOSA PMSL;-) Another one on cunstruction and use, people with rear wipers... They DON'T have to work, its not a fail even though most people think it is :lol:

    same principle for a spare wheel. Take it out before an mot if tyre is not up to standard ;-)
    lumoruk
    csiman
    same principle for a spare wheel. Take it out before an mot if tyre is not up to standard ;-)


    well no if the police catch you with a duff spare wheel they can do you on the spot, though you would have to say you're on your way to the garage to buy a new one. Then they will follow you.
    babyxxxxx
    if you get pulled over say its only just happened, same with the spare wheel ive just had to change it, i used to get pulled over all the time for forgetting to up my head lights on in the dark very dangerous but i was a new driver and never really drove at night before, i hate it when they shout i always burst into tears lol

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