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DVSA Relaxes MOT Connected Equipment Rules

New Transition Period Announced

For existing MOT stations making a change of ownership with a new or different Authorised Examiner (AE) being appointed there’s some good news from the DVSA.

The government body announced on 18th December 2019 that a 3-month transition period is granted to connect mandatory MOT equipment to the MOT Testing System (MTS).

Under previous rules Vehicle Testing Stations (VTS) undergoing a change of ownership needed to upgrade to a connected roller brake tester as soon as the change took place. If the equipment was not connected the VTS would not be authorised to carry out MOTs. 

However, the rules do not change if an MOT station is replacing an old brake tester or a new MOT station is being set up as summarised in the table below.

VTS ScenarioPermitted time to connect RBT to MTS
Change of ownership – New or different
AE in an authorised and existing MOT Station
3 Months
Opening a brand-new MOT StationAt time of installation
Reopening an MOT station
(regardless of how long it’s been closed)
At time of installation
Replacing a current roller brake testerAt time of installation
Adding an extra test lane including
a roller brake tester
At time of installation


The DVSA confirmed that once the three months is up the brake tester will need to connect to the MTS or the site will have to stop testing.

The new rule has been implemented following feedback from MOT Stations and manufacturers including Boston who have highlighted the challenges posed by the previous regulations.

The email bulletin also reiterated the introduction of connected decelerometers from 1st February 2020.

Read the full DVSA email bulletin here.

Need to know more about MOT Connected Equipment?

Boston has been at the forefront of the Connected Equipment project from the day the DVSA announced its intentions to manufacturers. We offer a seamless solution with already approved roller brake testers, emissions equipment and a decelerometer all operated using one control station and one control software for faster simpler testing. We are also currently testing a connected headlamp aim tester with approval pending the DVSA’s confirmation of the specifications.

With over 35 years’ industry experience including operating our own MOT premises, we can provide all the advice and support you need.

Call us today on 01708 552585, or send us a message via our contact form.

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