MOT connectivity: Emissions testing equipment roll-out delayed

Published:  12 March, 2021

The mandatory introduction of connected emissions testing equipment for some MOT stations is being delayed by DVSA as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

1 May has been suggested a potential new deadline although this has yet to be confirmed by DVSA. New sites and businesses that have changed hands in the last three months were due to need to have connected emissions testing equipment during March.

Commenting on the delay, a DVSA spokesperson said: “We are progressing the introduction of connected equipment for emissions testing and will confirm timings for this as soon as possible. We are working closely with manufacturers to make sure that equipment is available and ensuring it correctly connects to our IT.”

GEA Chief Executive Julian Woods observed: “The DVSA will be notifying the MOT industry of the changes nearer the time, but as we had announced last year that the planned date was March 2021, we wanted to give you an update on the current situation. MOT sites who already have purchased connected emission equipment before the mandated date can use the equipment on a voluntary basis and MTS is accepting the data being uploaded.

He added: “Existing MOT businesses do not need to update their emissions equipment at this time.”

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