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How Advances in MOT Testing Equipment Benefits Test Centres

Modern testing equipment captures an array of information about vehicles in real-time. We still need you to manually input this information into the computer for MOT.

This can lead to mistakes and increases the time required to test. Connecting equipment directly into the MOT system will help reduce errors and also save time. In the long run it will decrease or eliminate the amount of results that are entered incorrectly, and also stop the misuse of entered car identification numbers (VINs) or mileage.

Headlight alignment remains an important source of error in the testing. The latest headlight aligner connected to the test will determine the headlamp’s aiming for the tester and transmit the results directly to the MOT system.

Utilizing this method will not only improve the accuracy of testing but also to reduce the risk of fraud. This is due to the fact that a real roll brake test needs to be completed in order for the result to be recorded.

As of now the roller brake test result could theoretically be recorded without evidence that an actual test of the brakes on a roller having been conducted. Connected equipment can make it harder for fraudulent testers.

Time saving

One of the major benefits of MOT equipment connected to the internet is the time that it will save garages for MOT. Instead of a tester conducting an experiment, recording the results, and then entering the data manually, it will be recorded immediately.

The amount of time you save per test isn’t huge, but we believe it will take you just a few minutes for each test, but when you complete hundreds of tests per year it will increase.

Future security

Technology in vehicles is evolving. Systems like Advanced Driver-Assistance System (ADAS) and lane departure are now the standard. As we gradually adopt electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as, in the long run autonomous vehicles the MOT test has to keep up with the times.

It is essential to utilize the latest technology that is compatible with the latest automobiles. This will require establishing an integrated, fully digital MOT system that is suitable to the 21st century. The introduction of MOT equipment that can be connected and directly report back on the testing facility for MOT is a crucial element of the process.

Collaboration with manufacturers

We’ve been testing connected devices with various manufacturers for more than one year. This includes:

Roller brake testers
emissions analyzers
Headlight testers

We’re also testing connecting to vehicles during MOT using an European ON-Board Diagnostic port (EOBD). We’ve managed to get the VIN along with the mileage as well as sometimes the failure codes for a significant proportion of vehicles.

Additionally we’re looking at the possibility of incorporating numbers plate cameras (ANPR) to the testing bay. The presence of a photograph of every vehicle can help in registration of the vehicle to test and also reduce the risk of fraud.

The Garage Equipment Association (GEA) is aboard.

The GEA is fully involved with us, and is equipped with 16 testers for rollers that are from two manufacturers in the list of approved equipment. There will be more in the near future, meaning garages can benefit from a range of connected equipment , just as they’ve done with other non-connected devices.

A lot of the equipment used in garages today is able to be connected. It could be that the software within the device needs to be updated and there is no need to replace the entire equipment.

The GEA will provide software versions that comply with the standards and specifications of equipment manufacturers or installers can be expected make an easy upgrade.

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Making the necessary changes

We don’t want every garage to be rushing out to begin buying connected equipment. Therefore, we’re implementing the gradual introduction.

Beginning on October 1st, every new application to operate the test station will require an integrated tester for the roller brake. From this date all replacement testers for the roller brake installed on previously approved locations will need to connect.

We’ll add more types of equipment once they’re accepted by the GEA by using similar methods to the brake tester described above.

If you have any suggestions or concerns, contact us.