We recently had an issue with our original blog hosted on Google and after migration to WordPress we found that this informative post from July 2012 had been omitted from the transfer so we republish it here in full…
MOT bays, despite having minimum dimension requirements, are usually designed as a completely bespoke solution dependent on the specific floor space that may be available at the proposed site. This means that there are an infinite number of arrangements – certainly too many to show on a single drawing!
For Class 2 Motorcycle bays one might think that only a small area is required, but consideration must be given to the fact that a motorcycle with a sidecar must be accommodated to gain VOSA approval. This greatly increases the space required to achieve the MoT bay. Essentially the driving dimension for a motorcycle bay is the inspection area which is defined as being a minimum of 3.2m wide x 3.7m long and where this can be positioned in the building.
If sufficient length is available it is always preferable to increase the overall size of the bay rather than getting into the complexity of recessing the headlight tester rails to achieve the necessary level requirements within the brake tester standing area. Dependent on the space available it is possible to install the bay in either an ‘in-line’ arrangement or ‘side by side’ which offers advantages in terms of throughput but disadvantages in terms of the physical layout of the bay [the motorcycle has to move around the bay more with a side by side installation arrangement].
For Class 4 and Class 7 MoT bays there are essentially 2 types of arrangement; recessed and surface mounted. The recessed test lane offers the most compact arrangement possible and is ideal for small premises however this does normally mean that a smaller number of tests can be conducted at the same time, since almost the entire test bay will be active as soon as the vehicle enters it. A surface mounted installation, where achievable, increases the number of tests that can be conducted on a single lane as each zone is separate.
Although the VOSA dimensional specifications can be found online through the business link website most individuals find it easier to work with a company such as GETECH who specialise in this area. We can design your MOT bay that not only will meet the required standard but also be specific to your individual business requirements to ensure that the bay operation complements any existing business interests.
We have prepared a series of standard layout drawings showing various configurations based on our standard mot packages. In the first instance this at least gives you a basic indication of if a test lane can be installed to your building although we still advise a site visit, which we conduct for free upon application – just contact us directly on 0844 800 9785 to obtain copies of these drawings.
Although these standard drawings do give you the basic indication of layout, any changes to the standard equipment, such as up-rating the lift platform length, are not covered and so further advice should be sought. A final point to note that these drawings do not necessarily show the most compact bay possible but are designed and drawn to ensure sensible civil dimensioning, so if you don’t quite meet the dimensional specification indicated on the drawings then please call us for further advice as we can reduce our published bay dimensions still further.
As far as a GETECH managed bay introduction would be concerned, professionally prepared drawings will always be supplied to support both your application to VOSA and the necessary civil and electrical groundwork drawings can normally be produced on site by your local GETECH representative. For applicants wishing to make their own applications we can support your drawing requirements with a simple single site visit which can be booked by calling us or alternatively by using the contact request form on our website.