Rules for connected MOT equipment change

Published:  03 October, 2019

MOT testing stations buying a roller brake tester must now make sure it is a model that can connect to the MOT testing service, the DVSA has reminded garages.

Since Tuesday 1 October 2019, it has been a requirement for roller brake testers to have connectivity, as part of an ongoing process of modernising the test. This includes buying replacement equipment, and as part of the process of getting authorisation to carry out MOTs at a test station.

DVSA has worked with roller brake tester manufacturers to develop software that will allow their products to connect to the MOT testing service.

Chris Price, DVSA Head of MOT Policy said: “DVSA’s priority is to help everyone keep their vehicle safe to drive. We’ve brought connected equipment in to modernise testing in MOT garages and reduce the potential for mistakes. It will make testing quicker, more accurate and give motorists greater confidence in the quality of testing. Garages already using this equipment have seen benefits to their business.”

DVSA is also working with manufacturers to develop diesel smoke meters, exhaust gas analysers and decelerometers that connect to the MOT testing service. There are plans to make connectable models of these kinds of equipment mandatory for replacement equipment and new garages too.

The GEA  is working with the DVSA to agree the standards for connected equipment and approve models for use in MOT garages.For more information garages should contact

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