How an air-conditioning mechanic in Sydney Australia became an award winning broadcaster in Britain; Part 112.


In Britain any car over three years old can only legally be driven on the road if it has an up to date M.O.T. certificate. The M.O.T. test is an inspection that’s done to make sure the car is safe.

When we had our car shipped from Australia it was only a year old so didn’t need an M.O.T. Two years later in 1999, it had to be tested. The car had been regularly serviced and was running fine so I thought it would fly through. When I went to pick it up after it had been tested at a local garage, I was shocked when I was told it had failed.

It failed because it didn’t have a rear fog light. Australian cars aren’t fitted with them because they don’t have freezing fog over there like we have in Britain.

Up until midnight on the cars third birthday, it had been perfectly safe and street legal. It had been driven on roads in two different countries with no problems of any kind for TWO YEARS.  Nothing had changed, failed or been modified. Now suddenly in the eyes of the law it had become a death trap unless I spent £196 on a red light!

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