The DVSA’s timeline for the rollout of further connected MOT equipment is now unlikely to be met, Boston Garage Equipment has said.
The DVSA had previously stated that connected emissions equipment would be introduced in late spring 2020 and connected headlamp aligners would be introduced in summer 2020.
However, connected emissions equipment may still be introduced before the end of the year, according to Boston.
A Boston spokesperson said: “Depending on how the coronavirus situation develops, there is a chance that connected emissions equipment could still be introduced towards the end of 2020 but it is highly unlikely that a connected headlamp aim tester would be introduced this year.”
The DVSA itself has not yet announced any change to the planned rollout schedule.
Change of ownership rules
In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the DVSA is allowing MOT stations that have changed ownership to continue testing even if they do not have the required connected equipment stipulated by the current regulations.
Boston has said the relaxation of the rules is likely to last for as long as the UK is in a period of lockdown.
The spokesperson added: “We would expect that once businesses across the country get back to working normally, the three month rule would be reinstated.
“Whether MOT stations are given another full three months to meet the regulations or only the remainder of time they had left to connect equipment is not currently known.”
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