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MOT Garages that are removed from MOT testing scheme to be made public

MOT Garages

DVSA have agreed with Ministers to make the information publicly available following the announcement by Justine Greening MP in 2012, of the Governments’ commitment to the Garage Customer Experience.

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

MOT Garages testing station,owners opinion

So, as the owner of an MOT centre then I am not quit sure what this will achieve. Consequently,I know that there are thousands of normal garages. Strangely, who claim that they do MOT testing. Incredibly, but in fact do not. What they do is to take their customers car to an approved MOT  testing station. Consequently,having what we call”a trade test” carried out.

Of course, I am not saying that the car will not be tested correctly? But the test is not carried out by the garage and the car is not in their control. Subsequently, if the driver has an issue then he can not take it up directly with the testing station.

Customers should look out for the official MOT testing sign,

Concerned car owners should look out for an official MOT sign ! Usually outside the garage premises at the roadside. So looking the same as the one in my above image. Some garages have sort of look alike signs, but are not official testing stations.

I can only think that garages who have lost their  license to test cars because of a bad disciplinary record, still carry on taking cars in for testing, but have a trade test done at another official testing station, under the pretense that they still have a testing license, or simply do not remove their MOT Garages signs as if their still testing.

A list of banned testing sites will be published but i wonder who will read them?.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. Working for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

Goodyear Car Racing-NASCAR, teams hope new Goodyear tyre means better racing

Goodyear Car Racing

Goodyear Car Racing

Goodyear Car Racing slick tyres ready for the NASCAR races.[/caption]

Post updated
20/3/2014

Goodyear Car Racing Tyres NASCAR racing news

Kansas City Star
NASCAR, teams hope new tire means better racing at Kansas
SportingNews.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Goodyear Car Racing tyres create a new compound for NASCAR at Kansas City

Goodyear Car Racing

Goodyear tyres have always been involved in motor sport. The whole time that i have been in tyres has been spent following  progress in the World of motor sport, back in the days of  rally tyres winning everything they could, to the days when they supported F1 cars.

Goodyear Car Racing. Of course, developed this new compound tyre .Trying it out on the Atlanta race track. Consequently, over a month ago. As a result, the  track that was raced on was in Atlanta. Using  an old track and most of the tracks surface was old and worn out.

The track at Kansas. Thus,was only re-surfaced a year ago and is consequently very smooth.

 

“Has been difficult for manufacturer  to meet the demand at a track like Atlanta Motor Speedway without sacrificing reliability. But Goodyear Car Racing has taken steps to address both issues with a new “zone tread” technology. Which will be used for the first time . Hence, at this weekend’s race in Atlanta”…

Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/racing/news/20130829/goodyear-tires-nascar-atlanta.ap/#ixzz2gvePsuDu

The Goodyear Car Racing company. Therefore have put much time and effort into developing tyres for motorsport. In my opinion this is one of the reasons why they are amongst the Worlds leading tyre Goodyear Car Racingcompanies.

Eric Roberts… www.pellonautocentre.com

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Hence, I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days. Before starting my first business. Consequently, I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products .Helping my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes .Also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Bald tyres-Wet Roads -Bald tyres are just Accidents Waiting to Happen

Bald tyres-Wet Roads; More and More Bald tyres are not getting replaced in the Recession

Bald tyres-Wet Roads; Eric Roberts MD of  Pellon Tyre and Auto Centre in Halifax West Yorkshire, has never seen so many dangerous tyres that have been removed, from customers wheels in 40 years of running a tyre business.

We have all had to cut back in these difficult times but to cut back on buying a car tyre will put the vehicle owner and other motorists in great danger, especially with the weather turning wetter as we go towards September and Autumn and Winter approaches.

Bald tyres-Wet Roads

English: Bald tyres-Wet Roads; Two vehicle aquaplaning due to flash-flooding over Kooringal Road. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The combination of wet roads and bald tyres makes for an accident waiting to happen. The name for this is AQUAPLANING; This is when your tyre is separated from the road surface by a thin layer of water. Therefore, your tyre does not grip.

Because of the absence of tread on the tyre. Then the car can go in any direction when the brakes are applied. Hence, this is the cause of many motorway crashes.Of course,  you may have also seen F1 cars during a race. Because in dry weather conditions, the racing cars are equipped with bald tyres (called slicks). Accordingly, when the weather turns wet, the cars are replaced with tyres that have a tread pattern. Thus the same principals apply for the regular car owner. Therefore, it is highly dangerous to drive on a “BALD” tyre,  and also illegal.

Not only “BALD” tyres? But tyres down to the “STEEL BELT.”

A more pessimistic scenario has recently developed. We are now removing tyres from customers cars. That have gone past the “BALD” stage. Hence,  down to the “STEEL BELT”. As a result, this is now a sombre position to be in. We at Pellon tyres stress that you should have your tyres checked at regular intervals. You may be putting your families, and other drivers live’s at risk.Thus, driving about on tyres in this state.

Eric RobertsBald tyres-Wet Roads members of TYRESAFE.ORG

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

Tyre down to the steel belt

Bald tyres-Wet Roads

Bald tyres-Wet Roads; a badly worn tyre next to a new tyre

Regular Wheel Alignment-needs adjustment at “Regular Intervals”to Save your Tyre Wear.

Regular Wheel Alignment

Regular Wheel Alignment; Potholes damage your wheel alignment and tyres

Regular Wheel Alignment

Broken springs damaged by potholes

Regular Wheel Alignment

Regular Wheel Alignment

Proper Wheel Alignment;In the Halifax area of West Yorkshire we have a high incidence of cars requiring Wheel Alignment. The primary cause for this is driving over potholes and speed bumps. Pothole damage can  alter the vehicle’s steering and suspension geometries or damage critical components such as tyres and steering parts. Which can reduce the vehicle’s safety or create extra running costs? Out of alignment can also damage the tyres prematurely, but by ensuring the wheels are correctly aligned, (this could be avoided), and drivers can minimise the effects of any pothole or speed bump damage and ensure they remain as safe as possible.

Regular Wheel Alignment

The recent severe weather will inevitably increase the number of potholes. These can cause the damage. Due to the fact, the holes may be covered with snow and ice. The problem could cause some serious safety issues for drivers. If a motorist knows that they have gone down a pothole they should get their alignment checked, most auto centres will give you a free alignment check, and you only pay if the alignment is out and it needs adjusting.

Another sign that your alignment is out is that your steering wheel may not be straight, this will need all the front alignment re-setting and could take an hour or two you could incur an extra cost, so it may be wise if you asked for an estimate of the cost. Another thing you should watch for when having your alignment checked is the problem of seized up steering parts. The garage or auto centre may have to use some form of heat to free off seized steering parts; This will take much longer, and an extra charge will usually be applied, wheel once again an excellent auto centre will warn you of this and give you the choice of to have it done or not.

Regular Wheel Alignment;Go to a Good Tyres Centre for WheelAlignment

Any good auto-centre will make you a full tyre service for free, he will check your tyre pressures, your tyre tread depth, in the UK the tread depth is 1.6 mm for 3/4 of the tread width from the centre of the tread to the edges, the will also check your tyres for bulges and cuts and then inflate your tyres to the correct pressures, this will be all part of the service which should be carried out with a smile if not go somewhere else.
To sum up have your Car Wheel Alignment  carried out at regular intervals, especially if you think that you have hit a pothole or gone over a speed bump too fast.

Always have the alignment checked if you are having new tyres fitted, even if the auto centre ask you to come back later, a few days will not scrub your tyres off, have your pressures and tyre wear checked regularly and if have any doubt of what tyre to buy always go for a mid-range make, this will mean that you get good quality and the tyres will be cheaper than a branded make. Once again a good garage or auto-centre will be glad to help and check your tyres for free.

article by Eric Roberts.