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MOT Testing Halifax Yorkshire UK-Also Including The Calder Valley to Elland

MOT Testing Halifax Yorkshire UK

MOT Testing Halifax Yorkshire UK; Many types of Mot testing sites

MOT Testing Halifax Yorkshire UK

MOT Testing Halifax Yorkshire UK

The Calder valley is a part of West Yorkshire in the UK. It has long traditions of farming and trading in the Woolen industry. Stretching back for centuries. The terrain is of rolling hills synonymous with its location in the south of the Yorkshire Pennines.  This July we will be honoured to host the Tour De France cycling race in the Calder valley.

It stretches from Halifax to the East to Todmorden in the West. The main road that connects the small towns on the route run along the river Calder, hence the nickname of the Calder valley. The main traditional trades were sheep farming and a thriving garage business sprung up primarily to repair farm machinery and the tractor belonging to the farmers.

Over the years, these family-owned garage businesses kept up with the times by starting to repair the emerging motor car trade, and a thriving garage business sprung up in all the small towns along the Calder valley. Old established garages such as Ports garage near Todmorden and Star garage in Hebden bridge, to name but a few.

MOT Testing Halifax Yorkshire UK

These small wool towns became very popular with modern day tourists and soon the area became very popular for people to move here and live. The whole thing started in the 1960s when a large “hippy” movement began the build up in the Hebden Bridge area and a large population of immigrants moved to Halifax to work in the mills. All this increase in the population meant that the service industries also started to grow. This included garages and many of these garages sprung up all over the area. With the advent of the faster, cars became the DVLA MOT Rules  Testing system that we now have across the whole of the UK.

Now you could get MOT Testing in many small towns.

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mot testing in the Calder valley

Many of these garages took up the challenge and MOT Testing Halifax Yorkshire UK and testing became popular amongst many of the garage owners. MOT testing garage signs became a common site and you could leave your car for a Test in Hebden Bridge also, you could have a test carried out in Sowerby Bridge and indeed you could get your car tested in Elland. Many of these small towns were geared up with the correct equipment to carry out MOT TESTING.

About Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business.

MOT Test Advisory-Should the British MOT TEST change the Advisory Rule giving less time?

 MOT Test Advisory

Parts of the MOT Test Advisory becoming out of date.

The MOT test was first introduced in 1960, (the year that my dear wife Michelle was born). Hence, the guy who started the whole MOT test scheme was a guy by the name of Ernest Marple’s . As a result, who was the  government transport minister. Consequently, he thought the need to have cars tested. Because of the fact that cars were getting faster and Britain was going through a phase of using road transport. Thus, instead of using the railway system, (that’s another story).

 MOT Test Advisory

Typical British vehicle testing Station sign.

MOT Test Advisory-New motorways were being build and it was felt a need to MOT test cars on a regular basis

Of course, the first testing was for cars that were ten years old . Subsequently, and then every ten years after that. As a result, this was thought to take in the really old cars. That were on Britain’s roads at the time. Also this would cover the newer models that were been made . Hence, in the resurgence of the new car industry. Of course,that was springing up all across Europe.

Things were gradually added to the original test. In 1968 car tyres were added to the MOT Rules. Followed in 1977 by many more things . Such as windscreen wipers and exhaust systems. All adding to make cars safer on the roads. Perhaps, this is one of the reasons that I think Americans . Were against the introduction of a compulsory MOT test.

MOT Test Advisory- We have introduced changes over a great length of time .

Hence, at a gradual pace. Although we did not like it at first. Motorists have gradually got used to the idea . Thus, now we actually embrace the idea. Because we have kept up to the pace . Including the very fast increase in the development of the modern car. In fact we are now seen as a role model for other countries. However, it is now rumored that the European Union in their wisdom. Are going to change the testing times from two years down to one year the same as the UK.

The present test now includes emission testing. As a result we need to rectify on-board warning lights . Such as air bag and emissions warning lights. Once again in my opinion we are keeping up with the car manufacturers . Including, all their new safety features. As a result, the recommended cost of an MOT Test in the UK is now £54.85. Because the scheme is run by private garage testing stations. Then the price is not mandatory. At Pellon Autocentre, we charge £39.90 at the moment. Which we think is a fair price for an hours labour. Thus, the scheme is also VAT free. The test is carried out after a car is three years old, then at annual periods after that.

MOT Test Advisory-My main concern About the MOT test at the moment is a tyre update ?

MOT Test Advisory

MOT Test Advisory European Union (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although I am a great advocate in our UK system, I feel that the tyre rules in the Mot test are now becoming out of date. One of the things that our MOT testing system allows us to do is that if a part that we are testing is say on the border line, MOT Test Advisory,then the tester can pass the car and issue what we call an MOT Test Advisory notice to the cars owner, and the work should be carried out before the next test in a years time.

In my opinion I believe that this should not be allowed when tyres are concerned or perhaps steering parts. If a tyre is on the border line then the tester knows that in a few weeks time the tyre will become illegal. This will allow the car owner a years grace to replace the tyres, and in this day and age of faster motoring is not fair, to the other road users, because we know that people will try to get away with it, because they have an MOT test  pass certificate, and flaunt the tyre laws.

MOT Test Advisory

I think that if a tyre is on the border line, the MOT Test Advisory should only last one month before the tyres get changed, or we should now go for a new tread depth of 3 mm. Most tyre manufacturers stop their sipes ( small slits in the tyres to help get rid of surface water) short of 3 mm now making a car tyre bald once the tread has reached the 3 mm mark.

It would now be time to tighten the DVLA MOT Rules with a new tyre law, this will make the European roads even safer still.

Article written by Eric

Austin A35 Van-for MOT Test and Passed a beautifully Restored classic Van

13th April 2014

This Austin A35 Van; theoretically would not require an MOT test ?

 Austin A35 Van

Restored Austin A35 Van  for an MOT test

These old classic cars no longer require an MOT Test but the owners are still having one done to prove to the insurance companies the vehicle is road worthy and fit for purpose. That is the idea of the Test in the first place, some of the newer cars say four or five years old are in a terrible state and need much work to be carried out before they are road worthy again.

Why do classic cars need an MOT test?

This why in my opinion that the idea of the really old cars to be taken out of testing altogether is a completely bonkers idea. The vintage stuff will be kept up to scratch by their owners because of the monetary aspect, but what about the old Ford Cortinas and Vauxhall Vivas and Austin A35 Van that are still been used by enthusiasts, do they car enough ?I don’t know but I suppose the cars should have to prove road worthiness to be insured for the road, which will entail having to have an MOT test.

The Austin A35 Van had no real need to have an MOT test because now under the present European Union and British law cars and vans that were made before 1960 can be exempt from being tested. This is brought about because the EU very kindly said that we in GB could carry on having our own exemptions and this will be one of them. So any car or Austin A35 Van over the age of 30 year old will not have to have the test providing that they have not been modified in any detrimental way.

When I first heard this news I was a little shocked to say the least, after all the  test was introduced to make our roads safer, and it has done a great job in doing so. A friend of mine who is a classic car restorer and can re-build classic cars thinks that the idea is crazy.

The really old vintage cars are usually very well looked after and have no amount of care and money thrown at them. It is the modern classic car guys that worry me a little. I feel that they may be tempted to skimp a little on body work or the brake system, just to save on their cash. Most of these guys just have regular jobs and build these cars in their spare time, so  Austin A35 Vancorners may be cut.

Perhaps I am showing too much concern? And there is nothing stopping them having an Mot test if they require one anyway, I have heard that some insurance companies are still insisting that the classic cars should still go in for a test?

Anyway I hope you get some enjoyment looking at this old restored Austin A35 Van because I certainly did.

This is the information you should look …

“Following public consultation which Austin A35 Van

showed a good level of

support, Transport Minister Mike

Penning has announced that
from 18 November, all pre-1960
vehicles will be exempt from
Post written by Eric Roberts…

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage trade and Pirelli Tyres Online and I am MD for online battery company I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

MOT testing Advice-Bad advice about MOT Testing from “Money Advice Websites”

Post updated  8/3/2014

MOT testing station owners must be sick of hearing this incorrect MOT testing Advice

I wonder how many garage and testing station owners have have tuned into their radios while driving about, only to hear the guy from one of those money web

MOT testing Advice

Popular MOT Test sign seen throughout the UK

sites telling the public to go to the local council MOT  station for their car testing. When I hear this it makes me sick, I often wonder why the BBC allows these people to spout out rubbish. The radio show that I hear it most on is Jeremy Vine show on radio 2 at lunchtime, and comes under “money saving tips” MOT testing Advice.

British MOT testing sign as seen outside all testing stations

The guy comes on to say that it is cheaper to take your car to the local council  testing station, because they do not repair cars and it is not in their interest to fail a car. How strange? Are they then saying that we private testing stations only fail cars for our own gains, I wonder what proof they have to substantiate this claim. When I hear this guy saying about MOT testing Advice, these things it makes me very angry, there is no form of defense he just comes out with this rubbish and no figures to back his claims, and what is worse the BBC allow him to say these things.

If the guy gets his facts right and looks at the official figures he would find out that in fact the opposite is the truth and an MOT station in private hands is indeed more likely to pass a car than fail a car and not the other way round as this guy is suggesting. This is bad MOT testing Advice and an insult to me and thousands of other testing station owners.

Mot testing figures say other wise

We are all working under the same rules as set out by VOSA, the government body that controls the MOT testing criteria and all the information is computerized and collated the ministry. If you say that by having an MOT test at a private garage “for example, my own garage” then surely you are accusing me of bending the system (or fiddling) with wrong MOT testing Advice , and unless there is proof of this then it must be some kind of slander against other garages and  centers, or at least we should have some sort of defense against the remarks made by this guy. If you own a center please look at this link and send a complaining comment, you will see that they are promoting council MOT testing stations and making unproven claims about private testing stations failing cars for gain.

more reading…

“But looking at the evidence, it simply isn’t true. In all ‘MOT compliance’ surveys carried out by VOSA, they find that more  Testers pass cars that should fail than the other

MOT testing Advice

Cars waiting for an MOT test in Halifax Yorkshire Uk

way around. For 2010/11, the last year for which accurate data has been published by VOSA, five times as many cars were found to have passed that should have failed the test than the other way around. It is a complete myth that these businesses fail cars to get more repair work”….

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and Cheap Michelin car Tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Rolls Royce MOT-Beautiful Blue Wraith in for an MOT test

This Roller will probably be the nicest car that we have had in the garage for its This magnificent car was brought into my garage for an Rolls Royce MOT. We were very pleased to see such a fine specimen of a vintage Bentley Wraith.

Rolls Royce MOT

Rolls Royce MOT

This magnificent Rolls Royce Wraith  car a 1939 drop head coupe is one of only 220 in the World and was designed by a James Young and Company of Bromley London Later bought by Jack Barclay a London based Rolls Royce dealer. This magnificent car was brought into my garage for an Rolls Royce MOT. We were very pleased to see such a fine specimen of a vintage Bentley Wraith model. Although the new DVLA MOT Rules state that these cars do not have to have a Rolls Royce MOT any more, most owners still go through the procedure because of insurance purposes.

It was in 1931 that the then “Rolls-Royce company” bought out ” Bentley Motors” and the whole works were moved from the Bentley factory in Cricklewood London NW2 to Derby, in the North midlands of the UK.

Bentley cars that were produced there are were commonly referred to as the “Derby-Bentley s”. These cars were first introduced in 1933 and the first of these Bentley s that were made in Derby was simply known as the 3 1/2 Litre  and were very similar in design and looks to the Rolls Royce 20/25 that was made in the same year. The Bentley cars very soon became the more powerful and sporty versions of the  Rolls Royce. These 3.5 litre engined Bentley’s that was produced in Derby was not in the same technology class as the ones produced in Cricklewood, London.

In 1936 the Derby made Bentley’s and the new Rolls Royce were fitted with 4.257 litre engine with a four speed gearbox.

this vastly improved the cars performance giving the owner far more acceleration power and making the car feel very sporty to drive. These cars were made until the beginning of World war 2

Production lasted until the outbreak of World War II, with over 1200 examples produced many of these cars are still running today, like the fine example that was presented to us here in Halifax UK. More reading...

This post was written and pictures taken by Eric

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Car Tyres Online from our website by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

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

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