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More accurate testing with connected MOT equipment

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

This can lead to mistakes and can delay the test. Connecting the equipment directly to the MOT system can reduce mistakes and help save time. In the long run it will lessen or even eliminate the quantity of inaccurately entered results and will also prevent the incorrectly entered VINs (vehicle identification numbers) (VINs) or mileage.

The alignment of headlights is 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 straight to the MOT system.

The use of this technology will not just increase the accuracy of testing but also to reduce the risk of fraud. This is because a testing of the brakes on a roller needs be conducted before a test result can be recorded.

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

Saves you time

One of the major benefits of MOT equipment that is connected is the time saved by garages that conduct MOT. Instead of a tester conducting the test, noting the results, and then entering the data manually, it will be recorded immediately.

The time you’ll save on tests will not be huge – we’d say it’s only going to take you just a few minutes per test . However, when you take hundreds of tests per year and save money, it’s going to multiply.

Future checking

The technology of vehicles is evolving. Technologies like Advanced Driver-Assistance System (ADAS) and Lane departure are becoming the commonplace. In addition, as we begin to adopt electric and hybrid vehicles, and eventually autonomous vehicles the MOT test has to keep up with the times.

This means that we must utilize the latest technology to match the latest automobiles. This will require establishing an integrated, digital MOT system that is suitable with the modern world of 21st century. The introduction of MOT equipment that can be connected and directly report back directly to MOT’s testing services is an essential aspect of this process.

Collaboration with manufacturers

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

Roller brake testers
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 proportion of vehicles.

In addition we’re looking at the addition of the number plate identification cameras (ANPR) in the testing bay. A photo of each vehicle can help in registration of the vehicle to test and also reduce the risk of fraud.

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

The GEA is fully involved with us, and includes 16 roller brake testers connected, all from two manufacturers in the list of approved equipment. More will follow shortly, and garages can benefit from a variety of connected equipment , just as they’ve done with other non-connected devices.

Many of the devices used in garages today could be connected. This means that the software on the equipment is outdated without the requirement to replace the entire equipment.

The GEA will provide software versions that comply with the established standards, as well as equipment manufacturers as well as installers are able offer a straightforward upgrade.

Making the necessary changes

We don’t want every garage to be rushing out to begin purchasing connected equipment. We’re therefore implementing the gradual introduction.

Beginning on October 1st, all new applications for the test station will require an integrated tester for the roller brake. From this date the replacement of any roller brake testers that are installed in existing approved locations will have to connect.

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

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