Car Mechanics (UK)

MOT test­ing equip­ment changes

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Changes are be­ing in­tro­duced at MOT test­ing sta­tions through­out the UK. From Oc­to­ber 1, newly-in­stalled roller brake testers will be linked di­rectly to the MOT test­ing ser­vice, send­ing re­sults via broad­band, in­stead of the MOT tester hav­ing to in­put them by hand on their com­puter. When an ex­ist­ing MOT test­ing garage’s rollers wear out or be­come un­eco­nom­i­cal to repair, they will need to be re­placed by the new ‘con­nected’ model, and any test sta­tion open­ing from this date will need to have in­stalled the up­graded equip­ment in or­der to be le­gal.

The DVSA is also work­ing with man­u­fac­tur­ers to de­velop other con­nected test equip­ment, in­clud­ing: diesel smoke me­ters ex­haust gas anal­y­sers de­celerom­e­ters head­lamp beam testers It is likely that the con­nected mod­els of these kinds of ma­chines will also be­come manda­tory over time.

Chris Price, the head of MOT Pol­icy at the DVSA says:“the DVSA’S pri­or­ity is to help ev­ery­one keep their ve­hi­cle safe to drive. We’re bring­ing in con­nected equip­ment to mod­ernise test­ing in MOT garages and re­duce the po­ten­tial for mis­takes. It will make test­ing quicker and more ac­cu­rate, and give mo­torists greater con­fi­dence in the qual­ity of test­ing.”

Ap­par­ently, con­nected equip­ment is no more ex­pen­sive to buy than the cur­rent equip­ment used by garages. The dif­fer­ence be­tween a con­nected and non-con­nected model is of­ten down to its soft­ware. This means that non-con­nected equip­ment can be up­graded by a sim­ple soft­ware up­date to al­low it to com­mu­ni­cate di­rectly with the MOT test­ing ser­vice.

What’s your view on these MOT up­dates? Send me your thoughts via the email ad­dress above or by post to the ad­dress on page 4.

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