The DVSA has recently issued a press release stating that "MOT garages will soon see the benefits of equipment that connects directly to the MOT testing service."
By 'soon', they mean the 1st of October 2019. As a supplier of MOT test equipment we are usually in the privileged position of gaining an insight into what changes are going to be made, long before they are introduced, and often the length of time it takes for a new concept to be actioned in the MOT scheme can be frustrating. With this connectivity scheme however, it seems to have been brought in at an unprecedented rate. It shows just how serious the DVSA are about revolutionising the MOT process in this way.
What does this mean for your testing station, and for garage equipment manufacturers and suppliers? Well, if you are already testing and have no intention of changing your equipment, then you don't have to do anything. For the moment at least.
What the DVSA have stated is that from the 1st July 2019 they have agreed with the Garage Equipment Association (GEA) that no new models of class 4, 5, and 7 brake testers would be approved for use in MOT centres unless they can be connected to DVSA's MOT testing service. So this means that if equipment manufacturers wish to introduce a new MOT brake tester to the UK market they must ensure it has this connectivity ability.
But what about machines that are already on the market and are not connectable? These are ok to be used, unconnected, if they are already in use in a centre that is approved for testing prior to 1st October 2019 (DVSA have stated they will accept new centres using this equipment after 1st October if they have received approval in principle before that date).
Anybody that seeks approval to open a new testing centre after the 1st October, or wishes to replace a brake tester after that date must only purchase a model that is connectable. The GEA are in the process of updating their list of approved brake testers and this will highlight those that meet the criteria. As you would expect, due to our appetite for always providing products that are at the leading edge of technology, our Technique T8000 range of brake testers will be connectable from 1st October 2019.
But What is the Objective?
In the DVSA's press release they say the introduction of connected equipment will save time, reduce the risk of error in entering MOT results, and help to reduce the risk of fraud. After the introduction of connected brake testers it is known that other equipment will also be required to be connected including emissions analysers, headlamp testers and on board diagnostics but we do not know the timescale for this.
If you would like to talk to us about this matter or enquire about our range of brake testers please call us on 01670 516816, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.