MOT Bay Application Process – The VT01 form and beyond…

You may have read in the press recently that a new system for MOT reporting has been implemented by the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) – much of the reporting has revolved around the “chaos” which ensued during the intial nationwide rollout.

You may not have been aware that the application process to the government had also changed…

It’s now really all about cost-saving and efficiency.

Historically, if you wanted to add an MOT lane to a garage there were at least a couple of safety nets which protected applicants (or agents) from overlooking elements of the regulations which would result in the non-approval of the site location.

Initially a paperwork application was submitted with supporting paperwork – that front end requirement has not changed.

Next came an Approval in Principle Visit (AIP) from a local inspector. To get to this stage all the supporting evidence and the installation drawing were already checked by the area office so that the local inspector was only checking that the supplied installation drawing did actually relate to the premises in question. The inspector also checked any specific requirements that the Senior Examiner may have identified from the 2D CAD drawing. At the end of the meeting, an AIP letter was issued identifying specific requirements for the full approval to be granted. Provided that all those items were achieved full approval would always be achieved.

This section of the process has entirely changed. The DVSA do not now attend proposed test station locations until the installation has been completed, training attended and the items on the AIP letter have been achieved.

The overall intention is that in a single visit, calibration documentation and installation conformity are checked, a demonstration test is witnessed so that the site can be signed off to test vehicles immediately.

From our perspective this is fantastic. We can reduce our lead times to approval to the bare minimum and get you MOT testing very quickly with an approved bay.

From a garage owners perspective this is only in part good news.

Yes, approval can be achieved in a short time, but if making the applications yourself the risk element of such a project ramps up (if you’ll pardon the pun).

Misinterpret the regulation or just make an honest mistake and you will not be approved – and probably charged for a failed site visit as well.

The solution to this problem is fairly simple. Employee the expertise of our MOT project specialists to ensure that no stone is left unturned. We will  and ensure that the approval will be achieved. And if you don’t want to commit to the equipment supply with the initial application – no problem. The low fees associated with a paperwork application are completely refundable against any subsequent purchase made!

getech-garage-equipment-logoGETECH supply MOT bays for all vehicle classes. As a manufacturer within the MOT scheme we are perfectly positioned to remain abridged of current and future known legislation. With a design ethos for total modularity, our equipment is some of the most flexible currently available in the UK.

For more information on GETECH call 0844 800 9785 during office hours, visit or mail


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