In the UK, an MOT (Ministry of Transport) test is a mandatory requirement for every vehicle that is over three years old. An MOT test ensures that a vehicle meets the minimum safety and environmental standards required by law. For a garage to conduct MOT tests, it must be approved by the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) and equipped with the necessary MOT testing equipment. Let’s explore which MOT equipment is necessary for an MOT testing station in the UK.
- MOT Bay
The first piece of equipment needed for an MOT testing station is an MOT bay. The MOT bay is the area where the vehicle is inspected, and the test is carried out. The bay should be large enough to accommodate the correct class of MOT garage equipment, as well of course as the vehicle being tested and provide enough space for the tester to carry out the inspection.
- MOT Lifts
An MOT bay must have an MOT lift capable of lifting the vehicle being tested. The lift should be able to lift the vehicle to a height where the tester can access the required parts of the vehicle for inspection. The lift must also have a weight capacity that is greater than the weight of the heaviest vehicle that will be tested.
- Headlight Beam Tester (HBT)
A headlight tester is used to check that the headlights on the vehicle are correctly aligned. This is an essential part of the MOT test as it ensures that the driver has a clear view of the road ahead, and ensures that the headlights will not dazzle other road users.
- Roller Brake Tester (RBT)
A brake tester is used to check the braking performance of the vehicle. The tester measures the force needed to stop the vehicle and compares it to the manufacturer’s specifications. This test is essential to ensure that the vehicle can stop safely in an emergency. In the absence of a roller brake tester, a decelerometer can be used, which is a handheld electronic device that is transported inside the vehicle to test the braking efficiency by calculating the rate of deceleration
- Emissions Testers
An emissions analyser is used to check the emissions produced by the vehicle’s engine. The emissions unit tests the levels of carbon monoxide (CO), hydrocarbons (HC), and nitrogen oxide (NOx) produced by the engine. The test is essential to ensure that the vehicle meets or exceeds the required emissions standards set by the DVSA.
- MOT Tools & MOT Training
As well as the above MOT Equipment, an MOT testing station in the UK must be equipped with the necessary MOT tools, as well as the MOT tester and appropriately MOT-trained staff to carry out a comprehensive and legal MOT test.
- Connected MOT Equipment
In the past few years, much of the MOT Equipment has become connected directly to the DVSA, and more will become so in the future. The MOT equipment must be maintained and calibrated regularly by qualified staff to ensure that it is accurate and meets the required standards.
By using the correct MOT equipment and carrying out a thorough inspection, MOT testing stations can ensure that the vehicles on UK roads are safe and meet the required standards.