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MOT Update: New connected equipment rules for MOT stations

MOT Update: New connected equipment rules for MOT stations

30 August 2019

The DVSA has stated that new MOT equipment will need to be able to connect to the MOT testing service, starting with roller brake testers.

From 1 October 2019, anyone buying a new roller brake tester will need to make sure it’s a model that can connect to the MOT testing service.

This includes buying one as a replacement for a broken one or as part of opening a new garage. You are not required to buy new equipment for 1 October; you can wait until your old equipment is ready to be replaced.

The DVSA say they have made this change to modernise testing in garages, save garages time and reduce the risk of error and fraud, and they are working with manufacturers to develop other types of connectable equipment.

Currently they are working towards connected:

  • Diesel smoke meters
  • Exhaust gas analysers
  • Decelerometers
  • Headlamp aligners

When approved, these must also be used when replacements are needed.

Chris Price, DVSA Head of MOT Policy said: “We’re bringing in connected equipment to modernise testing in MOT garages and reduce the potential for mistakes.

“It will make testing quicker, more accurate and give motorists greater confidence in the quality of testing.

“Garages already using this equipment have seen benefits to their business.”

Click here to find more information about MOT garage equipment on the GOV.UK website.

You can also click here for a list of all DVSA acceptable equipment, compiled by the Garage Equipment Association (GEA).

If you need any further assistance you can call the direct member helpline or 0207 307 3402.