All MOT Matters

All MOT Matters

MOT Closure Killer Blow

MOT backlog peaking in October-DVSA data suggests – Pellon Autocentre Halifax

MOT backlog peaking in October

MOT backlog peaking in October

MOT backlog peaking in October

So, this graph shows the expected peak when motorists will have to have their cars MOT tested. Along with these cars will be the ones that are due for testing after the August 1st deadline. Crucially, this will mean a very busy time for testing stations to cope with the huge expected influx. Of course it is not only the tests but the work that has to be done once a car fails.

I suspect we will have to add a temporary extra day to cope. With the expected spike in extra MOT failure work. Looking back it all seams a bit crazy and in my opinion the MOT exemptions had no need to take place. In fact many drivers are still having their vehicles tested. Importantly, it is still up to the car owner to make sure the car is roadworthy.

Insurance companies will be reluctant to pay out if an accident occurs and the car is found not to be roadworthy.

Here at pellon Autocentre we will continue to encourage our customers to have their test done on the due date. Firstly as I have just said it is their duty of care to make sure the car is in a good state of repair. Including, such things as tyres are kept in line. However I have an air of excitement now. So cant wait for some catching up to be done! especially after weeks of staff furloughing ?

Eric Roberts

eric robertsThe number of MOT tests is set for a dramatic increase following a return to mandatory testing on 1 August, DVSA data seen by Garage Wire shows. The number of tests is expected to overtake pre-exemption

Source: MOT backlog to peak in October, DVSA data suggests – Garagewire

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

Pellon Tyres Remain Open-Garages permitted to remain open during latest lockdown

Pellon Tyres Remain Open

Pellon Tyres Remain Open

Pellon Tyres Remain Open

So, yet another “lockdown” ! What good did the other two lockdowns do ! Not sure ! However the good news is that here at Pellon Autocentre then we are able to remain open. Presumably it is to keep the key workers cars on the road. Of course all our regular customers  are more than welcome to bring in their cars. of course  we will require you to respect the current rules such  as mask wearing and social distancing.

Should any of our customers wish to stay at home but require their car repairing then we would like help them. Including collecting and delivering back their cars. So, just call us on 01422 351314 to make the best arrangement to suit you. Of course we are also under pressure so our customers visiting us for repairs is still the best option. Importantly, we can still carry out MOT testing.

Lets hope that the government get the vaccines out quickly and we can get back to normal in the near future.

A new lockdown ordering people to ‘stay at home’ in England and Scotland is now in force but garages are permitted to remain open. The latest government guidance for England states that “vehicle repair and MOT

Source: Garages permitted to remain open during latest lockdown – Garagewire

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 after lockdown 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!

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.

So bringing this post into 2020 then I believe these proposals have now been scrapped. We are now in the process of leaving the European Union. Of course this will all be looked at in the future by the UK department of transport!

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.

So bringing this article forward to 2020. This proposal never really got off the ground. The UK will be coming out of the EU due to the massive majority for the Conservative party giving us Brexit. So, MOT testing will remain the same for the time being. Going forward again none of us can foresee what these crazy politicians could come up with. Consequently at the moment we are trying to tackle the “Corvid 19 virus” causing a world pandemic.

The Government are wanting to stretch this to four years?

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

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MOT Closure Killer Blow-MOT extension will have “huge impact” on independent garages, warns IGA

MOT Closure Killer Blow

MOT Closure Killer Blow

MOT Closure Killer Blow

There is no doubt that the Governments latest attack on the Coronavirus will make it very difficult for some small independent garages to remain open!  MOT Tests are the life blood of most garage enterprises since they were introduced in 1960.

Garages have evolved around the testing system. Because they are a legal commitment and we have to adhere to strict rules and legislation surrounding vehicle safety. Of course having to enable us to work everything else around the MOT system. In my opinion the government have just blown all our hard work in front of our faces.

From the first of April then all car and van tests will be extended for a six month period. In my opinion this is just a kick in the teeth to the safety of your vehicle.

I do only hope that no one has an accident due to the failure of something that would have been pickup up on the MOT test. I think this is a thoughtless act by yet another member of government that does not know what they are doing.

The attached article is well worth a read ?

Eric Roberts

Toyota Yaris Clutch Problem

The Independent Garage Association (IGA) is raising concerns to the government about the huge impact of extending MOTs for six months. Whilst supporting the government’s measures to control the spread of the coronavirus, the IGA does

Source: MOT extension will have “huge impact” on independent garages, warns IGA – Garagewire

Pellon Autocentre Remains Open-UK’s independent garages remain open amid latest wave of lockdowns

Pellon Autocentre Remains Open

Pellon Autocentre Remains Open
Pellon Autocentre Remains Open

So, the attached article explains about how British garages will remain open in the current “Lockdown2”. Of course, this includes my business Pellon Tyres and Autocentre here in Halifax UK. For the purpose of carrying on with our job of keeping the working public of Halifax on the road. Unfortunately, we have had one of staff in self isolation after his partner contracted the “covid 19” virus.

She is not seriously ill and is expected to have a full recovery. Meanwhile we are carrying on trying to get through the backlog of MOT test and the repairs required to get the vehicles through the test.

Because of my age then I have to keep away from other people as much as I can. Although I certainly have plenty to do looking after my battery, winter  tyres and the Pellon Autocentre websites.

With the entire UK now back under some form of lockdown, independent garages across nation remain open and are continuing to deal with a backlog of MOTs. The Independent Garage Association welcomed government clarification which confirmed

Source: Here we go again: UK’s independent garages remain open amid latest wave of lockdowns – Garagewire

Garages Can Keep Open- As England set for second lockdown

Garages Can Keep Open

Garages Can Keep Open

Garages Can Keep Open

So, here we are again at the beginning of the second Covid 19 lockdown. Fortunately for us then we do not have to close. Primarily because this time we have to stay open to keep the MOT system up to scratch. As I have written before the UK government in their wisdom decided to stop testing for a 6 month period. In my opinion this was a step too far.

The suspension has now caused the MOT system to backlogs. So, here at garages such as Pellon Autocentre in Halifax UK  we are booking vehicles in for the MOT test up to three weeks in advance. Happily our customers have been very kind and helpful. Understanding the circumstances and been very polite and helpful. Unfortunately, there are some drivers who just dont turn up.

So, just a phone call would help! One thing that are we having to put with is “self isolating staff”. So, at the moment we only have one of our staff in this situation. Although under pressure we are still coping, during this second lockdown.

England is to face a new national lockdown from Thursday 5 November after a rapid rise in coronavirus cases, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said. The new measures will replace local restrictions and are expected to

Source: England set for second lockdown – Garagewire

MOT demand-Not as bad as expected thanks to ‘beat the rush’ campaign, data shows – Garagewire

MOT demand

MOT demand
MOT Demand

So this attached article follows on from previous MOT testing updates! Of course which were brought about due to the recent “lockdown” due to the Corona Virus. Consequently, in their wisdom the UK Government suspended all MOT testing for a six month period! Un-surprisingly, this meant that there would be a bottle neck for MOT testing stations.

However this article thinks that the back log of test is not as bad as they first thought. Here at Pellon Autocentre in Halifax UK, we are about three weeks fully book for MOT testing. Importantly, like many testing stations then we have a good booking in system which works really well. This along with a reminder system has enabled us to keep on top of things.

Many of our customers have been very patient and understanding when it came to testing their cars and vans. So, any work that is required to get the vehicles through the test is carried out by our non-testing staff. So far this has worked out fine concerning the problem of MOT demand and things are moving very smoothly to date.

The number of MOTs set to expire in October and November is less than originally forecast by the DVSA. Data analysis by GiPA suggests that the number of MOTs due this month has decreased by 12

Source: MOT demand not as bad as expected thanks to ‘beat the rush’ campaign, data shows – Garagewire