MOT Class 7 testing shortage an opportunity says LKQ ECP

Published:  08 December, 2020

 Garages with the capability to provide MOT Class 7 tests, as well as the capacity given the ongoing MOT surge resulting from the exemption earlier in the year, are being urged to help van drivers and delivery fleets get tests where possible due to an ongoing dearth of available slots.  

With the DVSA announcing that Class 7 MOT slots are hard to find for many drivers and operators, Anthony McAteer, Trading Director at LKQ Euro Car Parts, said the company is urging garages to do what they can to help: “Christmas is always the busiest time of the year for deliveries – this year more so than ever, as people choose to shop from the comfort of their own homes. We and our workshop customers have an important part to play in keeping vans moving safely over the next few weeks – and so their drivers can keep doing their jobs when it matters most.

“As well as prioritising inbound Class 7 requests – even if just a few per day – garages can work through their databases to identify where there are Class 7 tests due (or overdue) and proactively encourage drivers to bring their vehicles in.  Available slots can also be advertised on social media. Demonstrating awareness of the urgent Class 7 testing need and an understanding of the business-critical roles many vans play will also help to encourage loyalty from new and existing customers.

“We’re advising garages to take advantage of high demand for tests over the next few weeks, before things quieten down. Bringing in business between now and Christmas will help to offset the impact of what’s been a challenging year.”

Anthony added: “Being proactive is the best way to manage demand and plan resource effectively – even bringing temporary team members on board if there’s capacity in the workshop to do so safely.”

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