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Brake test blues

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Make sure you don’t set yourself up for a fall when testing brakes, and keep out of trouble by sticking to retest requirements

Make sure you don’t set yourself up for a fall when testing brakes, and keep out of trouble by sticking to retest requirements

Brake tests are simple, right? A low mileage four-year old car fails its MOT because its brake pads are below the minimum 1.5mm tread depth. The garage contacts the owner and he agrees to have a set of new pads fitted, plus a couple of new brake discs for good measure.

The parts are fitted, but they need bedding in. Not a problem, most garages will conduct a gentle road test to ensure the new brakes work properly.

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Wed, 02/12/2020
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How to manage difficult testers

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Managing MOT testers, like anyone, can be difficult at times, we look at how to deal with those who aren’t necessarily working to the rules

Managing MOT testers, like anyone, can be difficult at times, we look at how to deal with those who aren’t necessarily working to the rules

I was asked by a garage proprietor to investigate a tester who was causing friction in the workshop. If another technician serviced or worked on the brakes of a vehicle before his MOT test, the test would invariably result in a fail. He also had a disproportionally high failure rate for brakes.

The tester thought he was in a strong position as he was the only qualified MOT tester within the business. I asked the proprietor to have a low mileage 3-4-year-old car serviced last thing by a different technician on the Saturday and be tested first thing Monday morning.

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Mon, 01/13/2020
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The price is right

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IMI member and MOT guru Paul Charlwood takes a look into the cost of testing

IMI member and MOT guru Paul Charlwood takes a look into the cost of testing

You have probably seen that the Department for Transport (DfT) has ruled out an increase in MOT test fees, citing that many MOT stations discount from the maximum fee of £54.85 for the most common class of vehicle – class 4. But I’m often asked why the DVSA allow discounting at all.

I believe that Government regard free market competition to be in the public interest, and that anti-competitive activity is against competition law. I do not condone price fixing or anti-competitive activity and am not suggesting you should act illegally.

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Sat, 12/19/2020
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Looking to the future: Hayley Pells FIMI

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Hayley Pells FIMI on the industry, MOT sector and what the industry can offer youngsters

Hayley Pells FIMI on the industry, MOT sector and what the industry can offer youngsters

In part two of MotorPro’s interview with IMI member Hayley Pells FIMI, she discusses how important training is and how to encourage a new generation of talent into the industry

MotorPro: Training is the cornerstone of any career, how have you kept up to date with developments in our industry?

I am an enormous advocate of blended learning. The bulk of the training within the workshop is delivered through e-learning; it’s cheap, accessible and works at the learner’s pace.

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Tue, 11/19/2019
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Industrial revolution: Hayley Pells FIMI

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We speak with Hayley Pells FIMI on the industry, MOT sector and how the industry is changing

We speak with Hayley Pells FIMI on the industry, MOT sector and how the industry is changing

The IMI has a diverse membership base, in the first of two parts, MotorPro speaks with Hayley Pells FIMI, director at Avia Sports Cars, and one of the institute’s newest members, to get her perspective on the industry, the IMI and how she thinks things will change in the future.

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Mon, 11/18/2019
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Ten tips to keep your MOT business on track

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Keep your MOT business in perfect working order by following these 10 important tips

Keep your MOT business in perfect working order by following these 10 important tips

Running any business requires a certain amount of attention to detail, so that you have all your administration up to date and equipment is correct, in working order and easily accessible.

It’s no different if you run an MOT business, but it’s simple enough to make sure everything is in order by following the below tips:

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Tue, 11/12/2019
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Keep your business DVSA authorised

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Stay on the right side of the DVSA and make sure your business is correctly authorised

Stay on the right side of the DVSA and make sure your business is correctly authorised

A company I work for had a nasty surprise when I noticed that they had become a Limited company. I asked them if they’d informed the DVSA, and their reply was short, and telling; Why?
 
There are a range of business types that the average garage falls under: sole trader, partnerships, limited company and designated council among others. A quick look on your notice board’s VT9 Authorisation Certificate and online with your MOT account (MTS) will reveal what the DVSA authorise.

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Mon, 10/14/2019
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The trouble with emissions testing

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MOT testers need to follow protocols, no matter if they think it’s unfair, keep an eye on these seven areas to make sure you’re testing correctly

] MOT testers need to follow protocols, no matter if they think it’s unfair, keep an eye on these seven areas to make sure you’re testing correctly

MOT testers are on the front line of environmental action against polluting vehicles. A few years ago we had international emissions scandals, where manufacturers were installing so called “cheat devices” and the fallout is still with us. But that isn’t the only thing we have to contend with in the MOT bay, here are the seven areas of emission and smoke testing that technicians need to consider.

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Mon, 09/30/2019
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MOTs: minor, major or dangerous

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Consultant and MOT expert Paul Charlwood explains why defects can be categorised as both major and minor

When is a defect classed as major, and when is it minor? Depending on how you approach the MOT test and the defects you find, it could fall into both categories.

On a recent visit to one garage, the DVSA vehicle examiner (VE) re-examined a previously tested vehicle, but came to a different outcome to the original tester.

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Fri, 08/23/2019
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Talking MOT Standards

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MOT tester and DVSA authority, Paul Charlwood explains how to approach an MOT when something as small as a wheel nut can’t be seen or tested

Recently I was talking to a new tester who was struggling with MOTs, what was making his blood boil? If he fails a vehicle for a missing wheel nut, and it returns half an hour later with a wheel trim covering it, he can’t take the trim off to see if the wheel nut has been replaced.

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Tue, 07/30/2019
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