MOT Testing 91 – Nov 2016

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Fee increase ‘Consultation’ but no fee increase yet – The August ’16 issue of MOT Testing carried a headline referring to DVSA retaining surpluses of £11M. Apparently the reason consultation about the MOT Fee hasn’t been completed yet is that DfT are “too busy”! Perhaps they are too busy counting those millions, while Testing Stations work ever harder for less.…
‘Dangerous to Drive’ category, due to take effect by 2018 – Will it be a win-win for both road safety and Testing Stations?

4. Testing Times – News from the MOT industry: Politicians’ outdated and incorrect perception of the MOT Test could result in MOT Testing garages losing £15M a year; SLA ignored and then unilaterally abandoned by DVSA to be replaced by …another SLA! … and more on ‘Training’…

8. Topical Tips – The MOT Club’s John Ashton brings a Tester training update with a tip on how to save money on training-related travel, if you’re lucky enough to have a business in certain areas; and the low-down on the new security ‘Smart Card’…

10. Readers’ Letters – More letters from the Editor’s postbag – More evidence of vehicles in shocking condition being brought in for MOT Test; some confusing advice from DVSA to a Tester; and a member of the public asks about noise regulations…

18. Spotlight On: The MOT and the EU – MOT Training – All the information is out there, but some of it is hard to find, and even then it’s sometimes not clear. Jim Punter has been tracking everything down and gives us a complete run-through of the new Training regulations..

20. DVSA and DfT News – More news from the DVSA and the DfT – Alex Fiddes unexpectedly moves on and is replaced by Lesley Young (right); the latest EU MOT Directive introduces three new categories of MOT failure; while from the DfT, we report on the folly of abandoning MOT Tests on 1970s ‘bangers’ – hardly ‘historic’ vehicles!…

22. Consultant’s Casebook – More tips from MOT Consultant Eamonn Loney – Eamonn points out the importance of check lists, and how making notes and transferring them to the MOT computer could make the difference between a warning and a two-year ban; he also reminds AEs of the need to keep an eye on those IP addresses…

24. Product Review: Diagnostic Equipment – Diagnostic Equipment – GEA’s Dave Garratt overviews the current technology, tackling engine diagnostics, electronic system diagnostics and finally touching on the ‘connected car’. Followed by the usual buyer’s guide to current equipment…

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