The Garage Equipment Association has updates its list of equipment approved for MOT testing.
Any new or replacement equipment test stations buy must be approved.
Official guidance dictates that all equipment must be kept in good working order and calibrated properly.
Connected MOT equipment
The update follows the DVSA’s announcement earlier this week that
new roller brake testers must be able to connect to the MOT testing service from October 2019.
The agency has said that connected equipment means that test results can be automatically transferred to service without the need for manual data entry.
The rule will also soon apply to decelerometers, diesel smoke meters, exhaust gas analysers and headlamp beam testers – although dates for these are yet to be announced.
The rule does not apply to any current equipment test stations have.
“Improve the quality of MOT equipment”
Chief executive of the Garage Equipment Association (GEA), David Garratt said: “The main concern for GEA members is to improve the quality of MOT equipment and remove any possibility of human error in the reporting procedure.
“Connecting MOT test equipment is a very logical step for us as it removes any miss-keying by the operator and speeds up the process.
“Starting by connecting brake testers makes good sense and since the introduction of Automated Test Lanes (ATLs) most may already be connectable.
“Connecting all types of processor-based equipment is possible and as connectivity is applied across the whole test bay it will add increasing value for the motorist by reducing error and benefit the garage by speeding up the test.”