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MOT Bays – What Do I Need To Open One?

Making yourself an MOT center isn’t an easy process.

Between the design the workshop’s layout, the training your employees as well as going through the steps to become an Authorised Examiner there’s plenty to do before you’re able complete the necessary steps.

We aren’t able to give you ways to become fully conforming. We can however provide the tools you require to to prepare your workshop.

If you’re planning to upgrade your vehicle to the Class 7 MOTs, which are the particular test are for Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) These are the key pieces of equipment you’ll need:

1. A vehicle lift for LCVs

Every MOT involves an assessment of the underneath of the vehicle. the Class 7 MOT is not any different.

Alongside the Brake Tester as well as a dedicated vehicle lift is often the largest investment you’ll ever invest in to make your workshop ready for MOT. This means that you have to ensure you’ve made the right decision before you purchase. The MOT Testing Guide comes with a extensive list of requirements for a lift for your vehicle, and you ought to consult their specifications to ensure you remain compliant.

To get you going, here are some of the most important needs. Apart from that to consider, you must look for a lift using:

Platforms that support wheels and are at minimum 4.8m long
Platforms which can be raised to a minimum of 1.4m from the ground
A jacking beam that weighs 2,800kg
A position that’s submerged into the floor
and a safe Working Load of at minimum 3,500kg

If you’re looking for an all-purpose lift designed for LCVs, that’s a great to match Class 7 MOTs, one that comes with two radius plates as well as play detectors – we’d suggest the Light Commercial Four Post Lift.

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Like the name implies that it’s been built from the beginning to be built with LCVs in mind. It comes with the option of a variety of lengths for platforms as well as a weight capacity of up to 6,500kg and the option of installing it in a floor with recessed edges.

In the area where you do not require lifts? It is also possible to conduct Class 7 MOTs by using the class 7 Inspection Pit which gives the same access to the underside required to carry out the required checks.

If this is the case you’ll need pits that include:

An uninterrupted work duration of at minimum 6 meters
A minimum width of 760mm, with the maximum of 1.3m across the length of the work (measured across the pit walls)
A minimum depth of 1.4m or an maximum of 1.8m across the length of the work

2. Brake Testers

Testing brakes is among the most vital aspects of any MOT , and it’s crucial to receive precise, reliable and accurate results.

What does that mean regarding your equipment? You’ll require the brake tester which is:

Connected-equipment that is DVSA-approved
The idea is to minimize the risk of tyre wear
Durable enough to keep in producing reliable and accurate results

This covers the technical side of things. However, if you’re really keen to get accuracy, you’ll need to minimize the chance of human error, too, by using a brake tester that allows the people who use it to understand and get the information.

The In-Ground Brake tester ticks all the technical boxes for Class 7 MOTs and above. However, it includes a user-friendly diagnostic software that allows for sophisticated information collection as well as presentation and a portable tablet that lets engineers test their vehicles from the comfort of your driver’s seat.

3. Headlamp Testers

Testing the aim of headlamps is difficult to setup, and comes with precise details about the nearly perfect rails and flat surfaces required for your tests. (You will find these details in the Test Guide for MOT.)

To give you the most precise results of your tests – results that match the meticulously designed design of your test area You’ll require an accurate and user-friendly headlamp tester that reduces the possibility of your employees making mistakes.

The 2500 Headlamp Tester utilizes photodiode technology that allows for automated positioning, which allows for precise alignment with your headlamp’s beam of light.

(A photodiode is a device that converts light to electrical current. The same technology is utilized in solar power cells.)

It’s equipped with either wired or wireless data transmission and has adjustable settings for high beam, low beam as well as lamp-headlights. With an extended battery life and rapid recharge times this is a low-maintenance piece of equipment that is ideal to usage on a daily basis.

4. Emissions Analysers

A major part of any MOT is obtaining a report of how the vehicle’s impact is on the surroundings (as as well as how effectively it is using the fuel it consumes).

In particular, you have to know and track how your vehicles meet standards set by the Euro 6 Standards, the EU-imposed regulations regarding the emission limits of engines.

If you’re planning to set the stage for yourself to become a central location for Class 7 MOTs you’ll require testing equipment that’s MOT-approved and Euro 6 accredited for example, like our free cable-free Petrol and Diesel Emissions Analyser.

It’s a reliable, accurate and portable tester that operates at temperatures as low as -15degC It also comes with a Wi-Fi-enabled solid-state computer that can be connected directly to the analysing unit at distances of up 100m.

The best part? It’s easy and straightforward to use, and has an automatic calibration of every test, which means there are no more filters to break or break!