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What connected MOT equipment means for you

Modern testing equipment can now record an array of information about vehicles in real-time. However, we’ll still require you to manually input this information into the computer for MOT.

This can lead to mistakes and increases the time required to test. Connecting the equipment directly to the MOT system can 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) as well as mileage.

The alignment of headlights is an essential source of errors during the test. The latest headlight aligner connected to the test will determine the headlamp’s aiming for the tester, and then send the results directly to the MOT system.

Utilizing this technology will not just improve the accuracy of testing but also in reducing fraud. This is due to the fact that a real testing of the brakes on a roller needs be conducted in order for the result to be recorded.

As of now at the moment, a test of the brakes on a car result could theoretically be recorded without evidence that the test taking place. occurred. Connected equipment can make it harder for fraudulent testers.

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Saves you time

One major benefit of MOT equipment that is connected is the time that it will save garages for MOT. Instead of having a tester perform the test, noting the results, and then entering the data manually, it will be recorded immediately.

The time you’ll save on tests isn’t huge, but we’d say it’s only going to take you just a few minutes per test . However, when you complete hundreds of tests per year it will increase.

Future checking

The technology of vehicles is evolving. Systems like Advanced Driver-Assistance System (ADAS) and Lane departure are becoming the commonplace. As we gradually move towards electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as, in the long run autonomous vehicles the MOT test must to be up-to-date.

This means that we must make use of the most modern technology to match the most modern automobiles. This means creating an integrated, fully digital MOT service that is appropriate with the modern world of 21st century. Making MOT devices be connected and directly report back on the testing facility for MOT is a crucial aspect of this process.

Collaboration with manufacturers

We’ve been testing connected equipment with manufacturers for more than an entire year. This includes:

Testers for brakes on rollers
emissions analyzers
Headlight testers

We’re also looking into connecting to vehicles during MOT using an European ON-Board Diagnostic port (EOBD). We’ve been able to extract the VIN along with the mileage as well as sometimes error codes, from a significant percentage of cars.

Additionally we’re also discussing the possibility of the addition of numbers plate cameras (ANPR) to the testing bay. A photo of each vehicle will assist in testing the vehicle and will reduce the chance of fraud.

The Garage Equipment Association (GEA) is represented on the board.

The GEA is completely engaged with us and currently includes 16 roller brake testers connected, all from two manufacturers in the list of approved equipment. There will be more shortly, and garages will be able benefit from a variety of connected devices just like they’ve had to do with other non-connected devices.

Many of the devices being used in garages is able to be connected. It could be that the software within the device needs to be updated without the need to replace the entire equipment.

The GEA will provide versions of software that are compatible with the standards and specifications of equipment manufacturers or installers can be expected offer a straightforward upgrade.

Making the necessary changes

We don’t want every garage to be rushing out to begin buying connected equipment. Therefore, we’re implementing an incremental approach.

Since 1 October of this year, every new application to operate testing stations must be equipped with an integrated tester for the roller brake. From this date all replacement testers for the roller brake installed on existing approved locations will have to be linked.

We’ll add more types of equipment once they’re accepted by the GEA by using the same method as the brake tester previously mentioned.

If you have any suggestions or concerns, you can contact us.