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MOT Trade Section

The MOT Trade section is a resource for those working in or with the UK MOT Industry and contains industry news, manufacturer and supplier information, expert comment, analysis and opinion.

• Disciplinary Issues• MOT Trade Directory
• Recent Special Notices Analysed• VOSA News
• Quality Control issues• Industry comment
• Testing Issues• Trade Bodies
• Tester Training• Product Special Offers and Promotions
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Looking for that one exhibition that serves the entire automotive aftermarket? You’ve found it! Automechanika Birmingham is your chance to see the very best of the industry at the UK’s…
Thursday, 09 February 2017 15:25

UK's longest ATL lift launched by Boston

UK's longest ATL lift launched by Boston
Boston’s previously longest platform at 6.1m met with exceptional market demand for even longer platforms. In response Boston has now added a full 7m length option, which is the longest…
Thursday, 09 February 2017 15:13

Boston launches free service reminder software

Boston launches free service reminder software
Boston’s Equipment Manager is an easy to use desktop application that provides inspection and calibration due date and alerts for workshop equipment of any type, or make. This enables workshops…
Thursday, 02 February 2017 15:40

New laser and sonar wheel balancer from HOFMANN

New laser and sonar wheel balancer from HOFMANN
The latest wheel balancer from HOFMANN – the geodyna 7340L – provides users with pinpoint accuracy, faster measuring and balancing times, and a wide range of other benefits to the…
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 13:25

Trade User Group Meeting Presentation

Periodically, perhaps twice a year DVSA hold so called Trade User Group or ‘TUG’ meetings attended not only by Senior Executives from Trade Bodies, but also others with a wider…
Saturday, 17 December 2016 07:26

DVSA changes Risk Assessment Scheme boundaries

Red/Amber/Green boundaries for the MOT Rsk Assessment Scheme have suddenly changed. DVSA’s intention to do this was flagged up in an e-mail earlier in the month, but the change, when…
Thursday, 01 December 2016 22:00

Autologic seals Volvo agreement

Autologic seals Volvo agreement
Oxford, 1st December 2016… Today, Autologic the provider of the world’s first and only fully integrated cloud-connected vehicle diagnostic support solution, announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement…
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 10:32

MOT SHIELD – case histories Featured

MOT SHIELD – case histories
“Why should I worry about MOT Discipline?” you may ask. “I take good care of my business, I watch my NTs carefully, they are well-trained, I have a QC regime…
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 18:10

Latest pre-Brexit EU Directive MOT changes

OK, so ‘Brexit means Brexit’, but any EU legislation already in the pipeline must still be made into British law – including the most recent EU ‘Directive’ about MOT Testing.…
Patented power clamping with new Hofmann wheel balancer
The latest wheel balancer from HOFMANN – the geodyna 7600P – brings a patented new system along with many more user-friendly benefits. The geodyna 7600P brings to the workshop a…
Saturday, 16 July 2016 15:54

Special Notices

Special Notices
URGENT We have picked up on a problem with regard to DVSA communications with MOT Testers and AEs. If you use the MOT Computer to look for Special Notices, there…
Hickleys and Bosch have teamed up for 'Simply Bosch'
Hickleys and Bosch have teamed up to offer a great new diagnostic and garage equipment show called Simply Bosch. The pace of development in today's modern vehicles continues at such…
Boston Launches Free Calibration & Service Reminder Software
BOSTON’S EQUIPMENT MANAGER is an easy to use desktop application that provides inspection and calibration due date information and alerts for workshop equipment of any type, make or model. This…
DVSA and IGA host free MOT update and training event
MOT updates at DVSA / IGA free event DVSA is joining the Independent Garage Association (IGA) at a free day-time event during May 2016. Alongside IGA and industry presentations, DVSA…
Thursday, 14 April 2016 11:50

Automechanika Show Seminar Update

Automechanika Show Seminar Update
The FREE seminar programme the industry has been waiting for Featuring 3 theatres and 60+ presentations from industry experts including Frost & Sullivan, DVSA, UKTI, SMMT, the IMI, Industry Forum,…
UK’s Longest ATL Lift Platform launched by Boston
UK’s Longest ATL Lift Platform launched Boston’s previously longest platform at 6.1m has been an exceptional success, with market demands for even longer platforms. In  response Boston has now added…
Thursday, 07 April 2016 11:47

Somers lifts now available from GEMCO

Gemco are now agents for Somers Vehicle Lifts and associated lifting equipment! GEMCO are pleased to announce that they have signed an agreement today to distribute and provide after-sales services…
Sealey’s Vehicle Service Promotion is out now
It’s the one that all Automotive Technician’s look forward to – Sealey’s Vehicle Service Promotion is out now and valid until 31st May 2016. The 40 page promotion is packed…
New privatised MOT training courses – syllabus details
Between April and June the DVSA will be finalising the privatised MOT Training courses available from colleges and other technical automotive training establishments. These are the details of the syllabus…
Aimed at both aftermarket and supply chain professionals, Automechanika Birmingham offers a FREE educational programme across three theatres presented by leading industry experts. Take a sneak preview at the topics…
Gemco returns to the Commercial Vehicle Show 2016!
Leading Workshop equipment supplier GEMCO is all set to return to largest and most comprehensive road freight transport, distribution and logistics event staged at the NEC Birmingham from April 26-28.…
AUTOMECHANIKA BIRMINGHAM VISITOR REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
• Register for free at www.automechanika-birmingham.com• Visitors will gain an insight into the future of the automotive industry Visitors planning to attend the inaugural Automechanika Birmingham exhibition, to be held…
AUTOMECHANIKA BIRMINGHAM EXHIBITOR SPACE SELLS OUT FIVE MONTHS PRIOR TO LAUNCH
• A unique exhibition serving aftermarket and supply chain• 550 exhibitors representing the industry’s blue chip companies Exhibitor space at the inaugural Automechanika Birmingham exhibition, to be staged at the…
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 17:11

HICKLEYS AQUIRE GLOBEAID BUSINESS

Left to right: Robin Huish, Wendy Waterman, Eric Waterman
The directors of Hickleys Ltd are pleased to announce the acquisition of the trade and assets of Globeaid Ltd on the 7th December 2015. Globeaid Ltd are the UK distributors…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 08:47

MOT SHIELD – Security and peace of mind for AEs and NTs Featured

DVSA resources, already limited, have recently been drawn into establishing the new MOT computer system. However, with MOT Testing quality metrics taking a turn for the worse, the pendulum is likely to be swinging the other way very soon.
Security and peace of mind for AEs and NTs at an affordable price for the smallest Testing Station Testing quality is at an all-time low, and DVSA are pledged to…
Apprenticeships generate economic returns for the UK of £26 to £28 per pound invested.
Last month Autotech Recruit joined forces with Vindis Group (Bedford Audi) to support the dealer’s high quality Audi Apprenticeship Programme for young people wanting to become future vehicle technicians. The…
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 18:34

MOT Computer shuts down for update

MOT Computer shuts down for update
13th October 2015 We have received the following bulletin from DVSA: Service unavailable on Thursday evening... The MOT testing service will be unavailable from 8pm to 1am on Thursday 15…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 10:03

DVSA anounces updates to MOT computer service

DVSA anounces updates to MOT computer service
DVSA will announce computer service updates to the MOT community today: Contingency codes update This is the last week that we'll be emailing out contingency testing codes to garages. The…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 09:55

Comp II Workarounds from DVSA

Comp II Workarounds from DVSA
We have been asked by DVSA to update our Trade readers with the following: 1. The existing retest process has changed within the MOT testing service. To carry out a…
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 11:13

Comp II update: more software glitches

The MOT software is now indicating MOT Tests being done out of hours, despite that not being the case.
Here’s the latest update on the new ‘online’ MOT computer. Whilst the system is working, and for the first two Tests of the day Testing Station staff at MOT Testing…
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 14:30

Fewer MOTs: more road deaths and injuries

Fewer MOTs: more road deaths and injuries
The Government’s recently declared consultation on deferring most vehicles’ first MOT until they are four years old will directly affect MOT Testing Stations; it will also have a bad affect…
IMI eLearning set to revolutionise accident repair education
The IMI will launch a suite of eLearning resources to support body repair and paint apprenticeships at four road show events in April. The IMI’s eLearning system is currently utilised…
Friday, 13 March 2015 09:53

TEXA develops TPMS diagnostic solutions

TEXA develops TPMS diagnostic solutions
From November 1st 2014, all passenger transport vehicles for use on roads in Europe must be equipped with a TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) as standard. With a few rare…
Friday, 16 January 2015 09:15

DVSA Trade Links

DVSA Trade Links
DVSA Trade Links (previously VOSA) A convenient collection of links to DVSA documents and services. We regularly test these links and update them when necessary, but they may be changed…
Increased demand for automatics and estates outstrips stock
Exchange and Mart analysis reveals lack of supply could be an opportunity for dealers The latest search activity analysis from Exchange and Mart reveals a steady rise in demand for…
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 10:10

Technique makes it as simple as 1, 2, 3 !

The new Trade Technique Wheelcare range
Wheel care’s three elements, tyre changing, wheel balancing and wheel alignment offers garages, MOT stations, body shops, etc an additional way to increase profits in these testing times. Trade Garage…
Thursday, 04 December 2014 19:03

Banner launch new Red Power Max Battery range

Banner launch new Red Power Max Battery range
The new Red Power Max range is aimed specifically at the segment of the market that is more value conscious. However, unlike many house brands, specifications and quality have not…
TEXA win award for 'augmented reality' glasses innovation
TEXA received another important recognition during the Auto Trade Expo Show, the most important Irish fair dedicated to the aftermarket of passenger vehicles, trucks, light commercial vehicles, buses and motorcycles…
Independents’ access to vehicle data targeted by car manufacturers
These days most independent garages have diagnostic equipment to enable their technicians to access a vehicle’s computer to discover the fault code and determine what needs to be done if…
Thursday, 31 July 2014 13:23

DABmotion digital radio garages wanted

Garages can benefit from the DAB retrofit profit opportunity
Digital radio specialists Celsus aim to build a UK garage network of digital radio installers ahead of the upcoming digital radio switchover. With a formal announcement on switchover widely tipped…
The DfT has created a web page to collect survey data from the trade.
Interactive DfT website on Classic Car MOT exemption As part of a new policy, for the first time the Department for Transport have developed an interactive consultative process regarding how…
Automotive Apprenticeship starts show first increase in three years
Automotive Apprenticeship starts in England have seen their first increase since the end of 2010. The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) found a 4.2% increase, up to 10,940 starters,…
Euro Car Parts opens new branches and steps up recruitment
Euro Car Parts, a leading UK distributor of quality parts for all makes of car and LCV, has opened seven new branches so far in Q2 2014, bringing its network…
Monday, 02 June 2014 09:47

DABmotion digital radio garages wanted

DABmotion digital radio garages wanted
Digital radio specialists Celsus aim to build a UK garage network of digital radio installers ahead of the upcoming digital radio switchover. With a formal announcement on switchover widely tipped…
Whilst they haven’t set anything in stone yet, the DVSA have suggested that the four best browsers to adopt to carry out ‘on-line MOT Testing after 2015 are: The latest…
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:04

TEXA release 2014 tour dates

TEXA release 2014 tour dates
TEXA are pleased to announce their 2014 TEXA Tour dates. TEXA will be undertaking a tour of key venues throughout the UK and Ireland, to allow both existing and potential…
Friday, 11 April 2014 12:49

Trade 'Approved' customer guarantee!

Trade Director Rob Lovesey (left) with GEA's Dave Garatt.
With the concern in the market over some manufacturers and suppliers supplying sub-standard garage equipment with poor or zero technical backup and companies making shoddy installations, calibrations and not complying…
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 12:57

Banner Batteries achieves 'Best In Class'

Banner Batteries achieves 'Best In Class'
ANOTHER TEST VICTORY FOR BANNER BATTERIES. The Banner Power Bull battery has been awarded ‘Best in Test’ rating following research by the internationally respected Swedish testing organisation Testfakta. The Power…
Monday, 10 March 2014 09:47

Special Notice S/N 2-14

 There’s been a new Special Notice issued: S/N 2-14 with three subjects as follows: Withdrawal of MOT Text Reminder Service: As most Testing Stations have their own reminder service these…
Thursday, 17 January 2013 00:00

Automated Test Lanes: Are They Worth It? Featured

Ensure the bay you buy is appropriate for the vehicles you MOT Test, and right for your business.
This item first appeared in MOT Testing Magazine's August 2012 edition Straightset's Andrew Bates offers a perspective. MOT Costs – where the money goes! The most expensive item in your…
Friday, 25 January 2013 11:11

Equipment Finance

Equipment Finance
Portman Asset Finance Ltd Portman Asset Finance work at the heart of the UK economy, enabling businesses of every kind to acquire the equipment they need to grow and prosper.…
Monday, 26 November 2012 16:50

Becoming an MOT Testing Station

Any person, company or partnership can become an Authorised Examiner provided they can show themselves to be a ‘legal entity’ to which VOSA (the Vehicle Operator and Services Agency) can…
Friday, 25 May 2012 19:34

MOT Trade Bodies

For most industries, the benefits to small companies joining a trade body may not provide compelling reasons for membership, but for MOT Testing Stations, there is a more compelling reason…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 06:47

NTTA Sample Question Paper

Please note that this is a DVSA document – we do not supply answers to these questions Brakes 1. How would you check that a hydraulic braking system vacuum servo…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 06:26

MOT Tester Training Featured

Becoming an MOT Tester This page replaces the section previously published on MOT Training. DVSA have radically changed MOT Training. Tester training will be carried out by private training organisations;…
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 21:20

MOT Tester's Quiz Answers

1. Your bumper has been seriously damaged in an accident so you have taken it off and the bumper irons stick out dangerously. Would this cause an MOT failure? {source}<table…
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 21:15

MOT Tester's Quiz

Test your knowledge of the MOT Test. We've put together some fairly easy questions about the MOT – with a couple of tricky ones to make you think. Link to…
Monday, 18 June 2012 20:58

Join an MOT Trade Body

Join an MOT Trade Body
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 12:19

MOT Bay Camera System

MOT Testing Magazine and Prosol UKJoint Promotion MOT Viewing Area Camera System (CKO7171) £195.00 + VAT "We have gone to a lot of trouble to source, test and assemble some…
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 13:45

Flashing MOT Reminder

The USER MOT Reminder; an ingenious idea to keep your customers coming back…
There's one thing you know for sure every time you wave a customer goodbye after issuing an MOT pass certificate; the car will need another MOT in a year's time.…
Thursday, 12 April 2012 10:53

VOSA Effectiveness Report 2009-10

VOSA Effectiveness Report 2009-10
VOSA report that the economic climate has affected Testing volumes, with heavy goods vehicles (HGV) and public service vehicles (PSV) volumes down, while MOT Tests of light vehicles and vehicle…
Thursday, 15 July 2010 01:00

Changes to Inspection Manual

John Parham analyses the MOT Inspection Manual changes line by line It has probably come to your notice that the Inspection manual has significantly changed in the recent past. Many…
Specialised wheel alignment by Precision Point Ltd
GEMCO acquire manufacturing rights to precision point products GEMCO Equipment Ltd are pleased to announce their acquisition of the manufacturing rights of products as supplied by Precision Point Limited -…
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 13:43

Clampco Launch new 2013-2014 Catalogue

Clampco launches new catalogue for 2013-2014
Clampco have recently launched their new 2013-2014 catalogue. The latest Clampco catalogue showcases a whole host of the different products available from them. Clampco's extensive range covers everyday items such…
Monday, 04 March 2013 10:00

MOT Fee Negotiations to Re-start

Our recent headline in MOT Testing magazine informed readers that the MOT fee, frozen since 2010 will remain frozen until April 2014. And that even though tentative discussions on the…
The IMI welcomes and supports the Richard Review of Apprenticeships published on 27 November 2012. Many of conclusions and recommendations align with the IMI's own published manifesto 'Our vision for…
Tuesday, 04 September 2012 14:37

New SVL 43 2-Post Lift from Snap-On Diagnostics

New SVL 43 2-Post Lift from Snap-On Diagnostics
Snap-on Diagnostics, brand leaders in diagnostic tools, software and information for the automotive industry, has announced the expansion of its Sun-branded vehicle lift range with the introduction of a new…
Tax Rebates Put Technicians in the Driving Seat
Refunds Direct help technicians claim tax back on tools Motor mechanics are missing out on a potential goldmine in tax refunds that could see them claim back thousands of pounds…

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Testing quality is at an all-time low, and DVSA are pledged to do something about it, so we ask: "Can MOT businesses now expect a disciplinary crackdown from DVSA?" We also introduce what we think is the perfect solution to the anxiety and high cost of protecting your business from withdrawal from the MOT Scheme.

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MOT Industry Blogs

  • MOT price cutting and fee discounting
    We recently received this letter from a reader of the magazine – unfortunately too late for publication in the February…
  • Stolen Vehicle Report
    I thought it would be good to follow up on the vehicle security, since there has been quite a bit…
  • Diesel Particulate Filter Removal, and the MOT
    Diesel particulate filters – and the MOT In late September, a labour Peer in the House of Lords, Lord Berkeley,…
  • Brake Imbalance Debacle?
    As Testers know, Special Notice 3 0 2013 took effect on 26th June this year. It mandated a new way…
  • EU want MOT and repairs separated…
    Last summer the EU Commission, just a year after their last load of MOT revisions issued a proposed new ‘Regulation’…
  • MOT Training 'Word Games'
    Guess what currently appears to be an 'heinous' word in the motor trade vocabulary ********?It is a little word which…
  • Key Security Systems
    Transponders have been around for some time on vehicles, in 1994 Ford Motor company started to fit transponders to Fiestas,…
  • MOT Fee Discounting
    Over last Saturday’s leisurely breakfast, I was reading the motoring section of the Weekend Telegraph and was intrigued by a…

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