A common sense approach to the safe operation of two-post lifts

1) Position the vehicle carefully, taking account of its type (front-wheel drive, van etc), any additional load carried and the configuration of the lift (see here). Failure to do so may place the centre of gravity of the vehicle away from the columns giving an uneven weight distribution. 2) The horizontal and vertical position of …

Brake Testing on Quarry / Construction Equipment

The Health and Safety Executive issued the following guidance for the daily measurement of brake efficiency / capability on plant vehicle on a regular basis... Brake testing should be carried out on level ground. The area may be marked out with poles to give a daily check. These should be backed up with regular tests …

Pits Vs Lifts for MoT Test Bays…

For many years there was a common understanding emerging that lifts were the recognised way for garage operators to carry out vehicle maintenance and inspection. However, over the last ten years or so there has been a growing understanding that pits have a lot to offer... The factors that need to be considered include: Economic …

Wheel Alignment. The basics explained…

Wheel Alignment should be checked whenever new tyres or suspension components are installed, when the vehicle has encountered a major road hazard or curb and any time unusual tyre wear patterns appear. Wheel Alignment is the Measurement of complex suspension angles and the adjustment of a variety of suspension components. It is a suspension-tuning tool …

Weighing up the benefits of replacement brake testers for mot stations… You decide.

It’s been a long serving and reliable part of your mot test bay, but when it’s time to replace your brake tester on what criteria do you select the replacement product? In some circumstances historical preference may come into play but starting from a clean sheet of paper which is the truly best product on …

MoT Site Assessments. Be pro-active not reactive…

Have you considered conducting your own site assessment before the VOSA assessor visits? All the help and documents you need can be found online. The most important things to remember are: Look at your business through the eyes of your customers – do you think they recommend you to their friends? Use the Site Assessment …

Safe installation and maintenance of two-post lifts

Two post lifts rely on the ground fixing bolts for stability so it is essential that both the floor and fixings are of adequate strength. The manufacturer normally specifies what these should be. If the floor is of unknown specification, specialist advice may be required before installation eg from the lift supplier or specialist garage …