All MOT Matters

All MOT Matters

6-month MOT exemptions Ending-will be ending on 1 August –

6-month MOT exemptions Ending

6-month MOT exemptions Ending

There is no doubt that this is great news for ourselves and thousands of garages throughout the UK. So, over the years we have structured our garage businesses around the MOT testing system that we all  know now. MOT Testing protects millions of drivers by making sure that the majority of vehicles are kept up to a certain standard.

Thus making them roadworthy and fit for driving. At the same time keeping other drivers safe. Importantly, this dreaded “Coronavirus” put a temporary stop to testing. Giving drivers a bit of a leeway when it came to having their cars and vans tested.

I did not agree !

Of course as a garage owner I did not agree with this decision. In my opinion it was just playing about on the edges, when it came to restricting people to stay indoors. Thoughtfully, the original decision was so that key worker would not have to bother having a test until a later date! Also people who were in lockdown could do the same and not worry about going out just to get their vehicles MOT tested.

Fortunately, we have a certain type of person in the UK. Who always wants to live their lives accordingly. In other words if the car needs a test then they will have it tested. These were the people who helped us keep on a skeleton staff. Including one of our testers Dale Linton.

So over the past weeks and months we have furloughed some of our staff. However because of the support of our customers and steady increase in MOT tests we have almost returned to a full staffing level. Now that we have received this good news about full testing resuming on the 1st August then we will all be back at work.

Eric Roberts

eric roberts

Fw: 6-month MOT exemptions will be ending on 1 August – ericatpellon@gmail.com – Gmail

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MOT extension- We’re in uncharted territory mistakes will be made but the MOT extension is a big one – Garagewire

MOT extension

MOT extension

MOT extension

So, here at Pellon Autocentre in Halifax UK, we are trying the “suck it and see” method. According to the statistics then there are a certain amount of drivers out there who will have their vehicle go through the MOT test. We currently have most of our staff off furloughing .

Unbalanced days have become the norm. Some days we are busy and others relatively quiet. Not wanting to brag but in the good old days we would be fully booked with MOT testing all the time. Enabling me and my staff to enjoy a comfortable life style.

We all work very hard but are successful because we feel that we are fair to the customers and really do try to give the best service in the Halifax area.

Covid 19 messed us all up

However enter “covid 19” and all our worlds were turned upside down! Thanks for that China ! Going forward I do think that we will recover partly thanks to the British Governments actions and the common sense of the British public. I do think that we were very disciplined when it came to “self-isolating.

Only time will tell! at least we are having some great summer weather! Could you imagine what could have been if it had rained every day ?

Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts

Well these are interesting days that none of us have ever experienced the like of. Andy Parsons of Shortfield garage in Surrey. As we entered March this year, it was already clear that we were in

Source: Opinion: We’re in uncharted territory mistakes will be made but the MOT extension is a big one – Garagewire

MOT Government Crackdown-DVSA to crackdown on MOT system dishonesty and negligence

MOT Government Crackdown

MOT Government Crackdown

MOT Government Crackdown

This is another thing that makes my blood boil. Dodgy MOT testers and MOT garages. Since DVSA computerisation, than actual physical visits by the MOT inspectors have decreased depending on your colour band. Hence. from when the traffic light system of points came into operation. This means that garages and MOT testing stations have a colour allotted to them depending on the operational or disciplinary when inspected by the DVSA staff. The list is as follows-Green=Low risk operator…..Amber=Medium risk operator…..Red=High risk operator…..grey=Unknown Operator.

Therefore the colour reference of our MOT testing station is green. For this reason, we will have less visits from the DVSA inspectors. The red MOT testing stations will have more visits because of there poorer status. This crackdown is very refreshing to the let’s say more honest garages.

Eric Roberts

Source: DVSA to crackdown on MOT system dishonesty and negligence

Annual MOT training pass mark to be increased, DVSA announce

Annual MOT training

Annual MOT training

Annual MOT training

This was good news to me? As a result, I did think that the whole MOT test process has been “dumbed down”. To put it another way, I have been the owner of an MOT testing station now for probably forty years. Consequently, the standards that we had to work under were very strictly controlled. Although we never had anything to hide. Then we were always nervous when the VOSA area manager called in to us for his regular testing station check.

Here at Pellon Tyre and Autocentre in Halifax UK, we have always been in the top testing station league tables. As a result, we are now in the “green light” of  the traffic lights testing stations.

Consequently, this has been possible because of a new computer system that was launched a few years ago. Because of this things dramatically changed. Indeed, VOSA were now able to keep a watchful eye on all the UK testing stations. Computer operators could log into any testing stations remotely at any time of day and night.

Annual MOT training

Every MOT test had to be logged on and then off. Hence, the computer is able to record any information about any test at any time. As a result, we felt that we were constantly watched over a sort of “big brother situation”. Without doubt we were unnecessarily worried. as time went on we more familiar with the system. Because, I run a very honest garage then we had nothing to fear.

As a result, all the UK testing stations were watched over and then graded. Not to be naive, there are dishonest garages and garage owners out there? The traffic light system was introduced. Garages were then graded according to their status, green, amber and red (hence the traffic light system). Since then, the government have made staff cutbacks in VOSA staff. Testing staff have been put under the charge of outside companies. This article explains about how the testers test is becoming more difficult after a low pass mark.

Eric Roberts

Source: Annual MOT training pass mark to be increased, DVSA announce

Independent garages lead MOT testing-A look at the increased use of Independent Garages in UK

Independent garages lead MOT testing

Independent garages lead MOT testing

 

Independent garages lead MOT testing

This is a great article. Hence, and only emphasises the reason why many small garages are doing so well. Nonetheless, we should keep up with our high standards of customer service. Of course, we would be nothing if it was not for our staff. Staff and training are in my opinion, one of the most important factors. Thus of running a busy successful garage business.

Indeed, without good reliable staff then you may as well forget it. For this reason, our customers return time and time again. Please read the article ,it is filled with many interesting facts about your local independent garage. To be a successful MOT centre, then honesty is the key word.

Eric Roberts

Source: Independent garages lead in MOT testing

Position on MOT Extension-Government Prepares to Update – Pellon Autocentre

Position on MOT Extension

Position on MOT Extension

Position on MOT Extension

This attached article could bring back some great news for garages across the UK. So, at the moment we can still carry out MOT testing if the customer wants one and believe me many still do! Of course in the first instance then the cancellation of Testing came as a huge shock to me. When I think of all the stress and pressure that we have had installed on us over the years. Because of changing rules including computerisation only to be told that you had to stop testing came as a big shock to me.

Importantly here at Pellon Autocentre we are in the top flight of testing stations in the UK. So, our good work is carried out fairly and completely within the MOT testings structure and rules. The Government have a traffic light system for assessing the work of any individual system giving the station either red amber or the top flight are green.

Here at Pellon we are a green station and carry out strict testing in a fair manner that our customers appreciate.

So, many of our customers are all regulars booking their cars and vans in for the test yea after year. Once again it came to ma as a great shock when the transport department announced that all testing would be suspended for  6 months. This took away 75% of our daily business in one stroke. We had to furlough most of the garage staff in the beginning. However we are back in the swing of things and  are gradually building up to the full staffing levels of pre-lockdown.

Importantly, if they do update their position it will  be one of the best days of my life.Especially with all the stress they have caused me and my family and staff. This lockdown has been a nightmare for millions of businesses that have worked so hard in the past. We have all been knocked back to the beginning and day one.

Eric Roberts

.Eric Roberts

Source: Government Prepares to Update Position on MOT Extension – Hofmann Megaplan Blog – Hofmann Megaplan

MOT Closure Killer Blow

MOT Testing Re-starts- After lockdown restrictions relaxed

MOT Testing Re-starts

MOT Testing Re-starts

Drivers can have there cars tested

Despite the government giving motorists a 6 month extension to there MOT due date. Of course during “lockdown“. Importantly, many people want to keep their car in a good safe condition. So, it is possible to still have your MOT test at the original due date. Here at Pellon Autocentre in Halifax we are now carrying out MOT Testing for many of our more responsible customers.

Of course we have to stick to the social spacing and corona virus regulations. However it is possible to do this with a little thoughtfulness from our staff and also the customers. Happily we have discovered that the customers prefer to leave their cars with us. Prior to the pandemic most drivers wanted to remain with their cars while the MOT test was carried out. So, as I have said! They now prefer to leave the vehicle with us and we call them with the test results.

Old favourites turn up for there regular test

MOT Testing Re-starts

Of course we often see the same cars year after year. Many of these cars are classics and vintage cars. Although legally these cars do not have to have a test now. Then the owners prefer to stay safe and have their precious cars tested. Of course these cars are their owners pride and joy. Also they find that having an MOT test carried out reduces their insurance for the year.

Of course having a test ensures that the cars are road worthy and safe to use on our busy roads. In fact two of our old favourites turned up for a test on the same day. Firstly, came the wonderful vintage Bentley Roadster. I believe that this car may be worth a fortune. So, after lunch a wonderful red Jaguar was left with us for testing in the afternoon. Amazingly, both these cars passed the test with flying colours! They always do !  Their owners keep these vehicles in first class condition and it is very rare that the cars require any work to pass the MOT test.

Importantly, if you drive your car on the roads then you should have the car tested when it is actually due. Please dont rely on the government extension time. Because your insurance company would not be happy if the car you were driving had faults that caused a crash!

Eric Roberts

.Eric Roberts
MOT Closure Killer Blow

Four Dodgy Mechanics-Sentenced and ordered to pay £20K in fines for dodgy MOTs – Garagewire

Four Dodgy Mechanics

Four Dodgy Mechanics

Four Dodgy Mechanics

As the owner of Pellon Autocentre in Halifax this is a problem that would worry me. Subsequently, have a less trustworthy mechanic on my staff. Importantly, I have had some experience of this all be it well in the past.

So, one of my MOT testers was found to be accepting bribes to pass their cars MOT test! Lets say to pass their car without the correct procedure. Although we knew that it was happening it was difficult to prove! These guys are very clever and it is difficult to detect.

Know your customers ?

Mot testing bay owners should be very vigilant! Watch out for a good mix of customers. Most testing stations are visited by retail customers. These are the people who trust your garage including your testing staff. testing staff will build up a good rapport with the garages customer base. This is the case now at Pellon Autocentre. Both our MOT testers are well renowned and well trusted by our customers.

Being honest with your customers is imperative. Customers must be at ease when sometimes they will be receiving some bad news about their precious cars. Anyhow I digress! Garage owners should watch out for an increase in car traders and other small garages that do not do MOT testing. Subsequently, these guys are also looking for a cheaper MOT so they may be able to make a small profit.

Incredibly though, many dishonest mechanics do not even test the cars and take a “back hander” for the privilege. This is part to watch out for ? However these guys are very clever and the crime difficult to detect. Vigilance by the garage owner is the only way to try and prevent this happening. Garage owners should be very careful to show their testers that you are involved in the business. So, making the tester less reluctant to try and fiddle the garage owner and more important the legal MOT test.

Wait for a slip up ?

Vigilance will inventively help to catch the dodgy mechanic. Garage owners who show interest in their businesses daily MOT operations will be making it difficult for any dishonest member of your testing team. So, if your trade business begins to build suspiciously then have walk about when they present a car for testing. Keep an eye open! making sure that some of the cars are actually tested. Traders very often leave their cars for testing and then collect them at the end of the day.

This is where illegal things may happen. So, try to interfere in this procedure. Ask a few questions and keep an eye open for anything out of the order. Remember mechanics are very intelligent people. However most are very honest and hard working. So, its the odd few dishonest mechanics that garage owners that do MOT testing should watch out for.

In the end, our dodgy mechanic was caught out trying to fiddle me on another matter. Consequently, he was caught out and admitted his crime. We came to an out of court agreement and the guy left my garage staff. Remarkably, most of the traders that came to us for their cars testing vanished off the scene. Probably following the mechanic to his new appointment like the “pied piper”.

Vigilance is the key word ? ask questions and keep your eyes open with your testers. Show some enthusiasm and check out any new MOT testing procedures.

Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts

Four mechanics have been given suspended sentences of up to eight months and will have to pay nearly £20,000 in fines, after a DVSA investigation found they were issuing fraudulent MOT certificates. Garage owner Mark Huckstepp,

Source: Four mechanics sentenced and ordered to pay £20K in fines for dodgy MOTs – Garagewire

MOT Proposals Idiotic-IAAF says MOT proposals are “fraught with danger”

MOT Proposals Idiotic

MOT Proposals Idiotic

 

MOT Proposals Idiotic

The thing I do not understand is who or what actually brought this request in the first place. Of course some lobby group from somewhere have asked for a four year gap before an MOT test can be carried out on new cars. Or is this some watered down proposal from the EU?

We all know that brakes and tyres are not going to last the four years. Hence, before they require an MOT test. At present the time is three years which is most adequate. As a result, this protest report from the IAAF highlights some of the points against the new proposals.

Eric Roberts.

Source: IAAF says MOT proposals are “fraught with danger”

British Government MOT Mess-BBC airs aftermarket’s fears over gov’s 4-1-1 MOT proposals

British Government MOT Mess

British Government MOT Mess

British Government MOT Mess

With all the extra work that Brexit is giving the Government. Then you would not think that they would have time. Hence to bother about changing good MOT testing legislation. Naturally, it is going to affect MOT garages as well as our customers. Therefore, all we can do is pray  that the big guns in the British auto industry start to fire. As a result warn off this idiosyncrasy of a new law. Thus that will be no good to anybody in the long run. We all know that tyre and mechanical parts wear out eventually. Of course usually before the three year first test is due.

The Government are wanting to stretch this to four years?

Eric Roberts.

Source: BBC airs aftermarket’s fears over gov’s 4-1-1 MOT proposals