Car Mechanics (UK)
MOT testing equipment changes
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.
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