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MOT Update – November 2020

MOT Update – November 2020

30 October 2020

3-month grace period to install connected equipment returns

From 1 December 2020, the DVSA is reintroducing a mandatory rule around connected equipment. Vehicle testing stations (VTS) which change ownership will have 3 months to install connected equipment at their site. This will also apply to sites where a change of ownership has happened since 30 March 2020.

Why did the rule change?

When an Authorised Examiner takes over a vehicle testing station there is a 3-month window to get connected equipment installed.

On 30 March, DVSA suspended the 3-month requirement because many installation engineers were on furlough. The 3-month grace period is now being reinstated.

Which garages are affected?

  • Any VTS which has changed ownership since 30 March 2020
  • A closed MOT centre that is reopening (this applies regardless of how long it’s been closed)
  • Any VTS which changes ownership after 1 December 2020.

What is the deadline?

The deadline for any VTS with a change of ownership between 30 March and 1 December 2020 is 28 February 2021.

The deadline for any VTS where there is a change of ownership after 1 December 2020 is + 3 months from date of change.

If connected equipment is not installed by the deadline, the site will not be able to continue testing.

What equipment does this apply to?

  • Roller brake testers
  • Decelerometers

You can find out more about connected equipment by clicking here.

Beat the Rush campaign update

The DVSA has updated their Beat the Rush toolkit, which can be used to encourage customers to book their MOT test early.

Chris Price, DVSA’s Head of MOT Policy, writes for the Matters of Testing blog:

“Thank you to all the garages who have participated in the Beat the Rush campaign.

We know that 310,000 more MOTs were done in August this year, which is an extra 10,000 tests a day on a typical year.

And of the 3.7 million MOTs which took place this September, more than 1 million were not due until between October 2020 and January 2021.

To help you continue communicating with your customers, we’ve updated the toolkit messages and graphics.

The key message now is for customers to book their MOT as early as possible.

By encouraging customers to book early, we hope you are able to plan effectively for this busy period and maximise the number of MOTs you can complete.

From speaking with industry stakeholders, such as the Independent Garage Association, we believe garages are in a good position going into the autumn.

We’ll continue to meet regularly with stakeholders to understand how garages are managing during this busy period.

We’re refreshing our forecast data regularly, to provide a picture of where demand will be highest and when, and we’ll continue to keep you updated in the coming weeks as the campaign continues to encourage motorists to Beat the Rush. Again, thank you for all your help so far.”

Click here to download the updated Beat the Rush - Campaign Toolkit.

You can read the full blog post and send your feedback to the DVSA here.

If you have any further queries about the topics above, please call the IGA Direct Member Helpline, or 0845 305 4230.