When we were approached by Chris Brian in Plymouth with an enquiry for an MOT bay we were amazed with what we were told…
We were not the first phone number on his list!
OK. Maybe it is a little presumptuous to assume that we would always be the first call for any mot related equipment enquiries – but knowing what a good job we actually do for our customer’s it’s a little frustrating that the word hasn’t spread a little further afield than the 4 walls of our office sometimes!
In all seriousness though, it was incredible to find that those who had actually been given the enquiry were simply not able (or willing in at least one instance) to travel to Plymouth to talk through the enquiry face to face and understand; on the ground, the projects true feasibility.
Given that the MoT bay was part of a bigger project to relocate the entire business to a larger workshop area, it seemed fairly important to us to visit site as soon as possible to give Chris the answers he sought before he signed the contract for the premises.
Walking into the building it immediately became apparent that space was going to be at a premium. A class 1 and 2 mot bay takes up a lot more room than you might imagine [as one has to account for sidecar combinations] nevertheless we immediately set about laying out the various options that would work within the given space envelope… Despite spatial restrictions with mezzanine supports it was possible to identify 2 serious contenders for the final bay arrangement.
The final decision in the end made itself.
It is nearly always preferable to install motorcycle bays near or inside of the doorway due to the requirement to accommodate motorcycle with sidecar through the premises to the bay itself. It was agreed that a bay installed through 90 degrees allowed the minimum disruption to the remainder of the workshop area.
Having quoted the job in advance we sought to clarify the entire project and what we would do. Sufficiently impressed with our presentation, we set about the application paperwork together. [Customers are always fully supported from point of sale through the application process and although not all the necessary supporting evidence was available at the time of the visit a complete list was compiled and actions given to ensure responsibilities were known]
Part of this paperwork application required local council planning liaison as the previous usage of the building was not motor trade related. In instances like this we [GETECH] take responsibility for speaking to Council’s. There are many good reasons for this, as anyone who has dealt with a local planning structure will know!
Over the forthcoming few weeks the rest of the project came together and all the supporting evidence was gathered and submitted for pre-approval with the ministry.
Next, for all concerned a stroke of luck! The application process simplified somewhat – this was good news from our perspective but for new applicants a potentially worrying time with no “second set of eyes” on the premises and the pre-approval given on a drawing only!
That is a lot of responsibility for a privateer. With regulations complicated for multi-class bays, employing professional expertise seems sensible on any new project.
With paperwork pre-approval granted the project only required groundwork and electrical provision, delivery and installation before we gained the full approval for the new bay. Realisation was fast approaching!
Enter the curveball!
Receiving a call after office hours from the AE it became apparent that the timeline needed to radically reduce in order to hit timings which were to be published in the press.
Fortunately we were able to respond to the request rapidly and the bay was installed the following week, the slack preventing any issues with existing service contract customers without jeopardising the overall timeline.
Completing the installation and producing the certification necessary for approval to be granted by the DVSA in due course, Chris was left fully trained, but slightly stunned that the project that had been in the back of his mind for some time was actually complete, in the ground and ready to run!
GETECH 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 therefore is some of the most flexible currently available in the UK.
For more information on GETECH call 0844 800 9785 during office hours, visit http://getech.org.uk or mail firstname.lastname@example.org.