MOT connectivity: Decelerometers next

Published:  07 November, 2019

Decelerometers are the next equipment type that will need to be able to connect directly to the MOT testing service when being replaced.

The DVSA is advising garages that from 1 February 2020, anyone buying a new or replacement decelerometer for class 3, 4, 5 or 7 test lanes will need to make sure it can connect to the MOT testing service. This includes buying replacement equipment, and as part of the process of getting MOT authorisation.

This follows the introduction of connected roller brake testers on 1 October 2019. DVSA has worked with decelerometer 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 and exhaust gas analysers 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 later in 2020.

DVSA is working with the GEA to agree the standards for connected equipment and approve models for use in MOT garages. DVSA is planning to introduce the same rules for connectable models of exhaust gas analyser, diesel smoke meter and headlamp aligner, and will confirm the date of rule changes in due course.

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