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The Equipment To Buy For An MOT Bay

The process of setting yourself up as an MOT centre for the first time isn’t an easy process.

Between the design for your workplace, educating your employees and making the necessary steps to become an Authorised Examiner there’s a lot of work to be done before you’re able complete the necessary steps.

We aren’t able to give you steps to be fully conforming. We can however provide the tools you require to prepare your workshop for compliance.

If you’re hoping to progress to the Class 7 MOTs, which are the particular requirements required for Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) These are the key items you’ll require:

1. A vehicle lift for LCVs

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

Alongside the Brake Tester and a Brake Tester, a vehicle lift is often the most significant investment you’ll invest in to make your workshop ready for MOT. That’s why you should to ensure you’ve made the right choice prior to making a purchase. The MOT Testing Guide comes with a extensive list of requirements to lift your vehicle and you must consult their specifications to ensure you remain compliant.

To get you to get started, here are some of the most important specifications. In addition you must be looking for a lift that includes:

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

If you’re in search of an all-purpose lift for LCVs that is a perfect fit for MOTs of Class 7, one that has the radius plates as well as play detectors – we’d suggest our Light Commercial Four Post Lift.

Like the name implies that it’s been built from scratch to be built with LCVs in mind. This includes the option of a variety of lengths for platforms and capacities of up to 6,500kg and the possibility of putting it in a floor with recessed edges.

If you’re in an area where you don’t require an elevator? 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 checks you need to.

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

A continuous working duration of at minimum 6 meters
A minimum width of 760mm, but the maximum of 1.3m across the length of the work (measured across the pit walls)
A minimum of 1.4m and the maximum of 1.8m across the length of the work

2. Brake Testers

The testing of brakes is among the most vital aspects of an MOT. Hence, it is crucial to obtain precise, reliable and accurate results.

What does that mean for your MOT bays equipment? You’ll require an brake tester that’s

Connected-equipment that is DVSA-approved
Created to reduce the chance of tyre wear
Durable enough to keep going with accurate and reliable results

This is the technical aspect of things. However, if you’re really keen to be sure of accuracy, you’ll need to limit the possibility of human error as well – by using a brake tester which 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. It also includes a user-friendly diagnostics software to facilitate information collection as well as presentation and a portable tablet that allows engineers to examine your cars in the comfort of the driver’s seat.

3. Headlamp Testers

Tests for headlamp aim are difficult to setup, and comes with detailed information about the perfect rails and flat surfaces required for your tests. (You can get these particulars in the The MOT Tester’s Guide.)

In order to provide you with the most precise results of your tests – results that are in line with the precise layout of your test space You’ll require a precise and simple-to-use headlamp tester that minimizes the risk of your staff making mistakes.

Our 2500 Headlamp Tester employs photodiode technology for automated positioning, which allows for precise alignment with the headlamp’s light beam.

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

It can be equipped with wired or wireless data transmission, and adjustable settings for high beam, low beam or lamp light. In addition, with long battery life as well as rapid recharge times this is a low-maintenance piece of equipment that is ideal for use on a regular basis.

4. Emissions Analysers

A major part of any MOT is getting a read of the way the vehicle’s actions affect the surroundings (as as well as how effectively it is using energy).

Particularly, you must to be able to determine and document how your cars conform to standards set by the Euro 6 Standards, the EU-imposed rules regarding the emission limits for engines.

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

It’s a precise, reliable and portable tester which operates in temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius It also comes with a Wi-Fi-enabled solid-state PC that can connect via the internet to the analyser at distances of up 100m.

The best part? It’s easy and simple to use, featuring the ability to calibrate automatically for each test, which means there are there are no filters to lose or break!