Do I need working front fog lamps and running lights to pass an MoT?

I have a Citroen DS, first registered 01-01-18. It went in for a service and MOT today and the front fog lights and running lights had no power. The garage said it could not pass the MOT until these were rectified. I have found that this is only a requirement on cars registered on and after 01-03-18. I rang back to tell him that but the chap had already spent half an hours labour to find the switch had become unplugged. He is charging me £60 for this as the car has to have these working for it to be "legal". If they are not required to be working for the MOT in the case of this vehicle then surely the car can be legally driven without them working?

Asked on 22 January 2024 by Sally Halman

Answered by David Ross
It is correct that front fog lights and daytime running lights are only an MoT fail on vehicles first registered on or after 1st March 2018, so this work need not have been carried out in order to pass. Given the work has been carried out it is unlikely that the garage would be willing to refund you, but you do have the option to appeal the MoT test result if it was failed on this basis. You can read more about this process on the DVLA website here:
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