MOT connectivity rollout: Revived three-month window closes on some testing stations

Published:  01 March, 2021

From today (Monday 1 March) MOT stations that changed ownership in December face being prevented from testing by DVSA if they have not installed the required connected equipment at their site.

DVSA began its roll-out of connected MOT equipment in 2019, starting with roller brake testers, followed by connected decelerometers from February 2020. While existing MOT testing stations are not expected to replace equipment straight away, new sites and those that have changed hands are required to install connected equipment.

When an Authorised Examiner takes over a currently operating vehicle testing station, there is a three-month window, or grace period, to get connected equipment installed. DVSA suspended the grace period in March 2020 because of the Coronavirus pandemic while many installation engineers were on furlough. This was reinstated on 1 December, and the initial grace period ended yesterday (Sunday 28 February).

DVSA will stop testing by digitally detaching stations from the online MOT system. Any currently testing VTS which has changed ownership since 30 March 2020, or benefitted from the suspension of the grace period will be affected. It will also apply to any VTS which changes ownership after 1 December 2020.

Commenting on the development, GEA Chief Executive Julian Woods observed: “This new directive from the DVSA will only be for those MOT stations who have repeatedly ignored multiple communications/warnings or have not confirmed their order status.”

He added: “As a result of this, suppliers may find some testing stations urgently looking for equipment or assistance in getting their equipment connected or guidance on how to use the connected software.”

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