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Are you thinking of renting an MOT station? Before renting an MOT station, you must take into consideration that it is not only finding a reasonable station with an ideal location. There are many things you must think about before you rent an MOT station. Setting up an MOT station you must meet a number of legal requirements.

Setting up a new MOT Station

When setting up a new MOT station, you need to ensure that the premises is suitable and all the equipment is approved for the vehicle classes that you want to test. Furthermore, that you and your team are authorised examiners with the correct qualifications.

Before you start carrying out MOT tests at your station, you will also need an AE designated Manager (Business Manager), who is in charge of all the MOT testing that takes place at the MOT station.

The Business Manager must have a level 3 in MOT Test Centre Management, as well as ensuring that the MOT tester has all the correct qualifications to carry out the MOT tests.

Don’t worry if you are not sure what courses are required, as MTC has a range of MOT courses, along with hybrid and electrical courses that will benefit your business.

Furthermore, you will need to apply to the DVSA and fill in a VT01 form to open a test station. The Authorised examiner can apply individually or in a partnership. There is no fee for applying.

Responsibilities as an Authorised Examiner

As an authorised examiner you are responsible for making sure that;

⦁ MOT tests are properly conducted
⦁ The test facilities and equipment are checked and well-maintained
⦁ MOT documents are correctly stored and access to electronic MOT test systems is only given to eligible users
⦁ The MOT testers are assessed correctly and training and assessments are completed
⦁ DVSA employees have access to the premises for checks on your staff and the equipment
⦁ DVSA is informed about significant changes to the business within 7 working days
⦁ If you need to test vehicles on the road or have any sales involvement, you may need trade licence plates
⦁ Motor Trade Insurance and Employers Liability Insurance, (Public Liability is recommended but not a legal requirement)

The best premises to look for

It is fundamental that when you look at a premises, you take these things into account;

⦁ `The premises is suitable and big enough
⦁ The testing bay sizes are the correct size for the vehicle classes that you will be testing
⦁ The area that the premises is located is secure
⦁ The MOT station is easy for customers to get to
⦁ Sufficient parking for customers and employees vehicles
⦁ An office area, with a payment counter and toilet facilities
⦁ If the premises is an existing garage, find out if they will pass over their clients to you
⦁ Find out if any existing tools and equipment are included in the lease or sale agreement
⦁ Look into the business costs of the electricity, disposal waste and business rates

The qualifications that are required for your MOT Station

Remember that you will need to be a certified tester to issue MOT certificates. However, if you don’t have this qualification, you will need an employee to be an accredited tester to carry out the MOT tests on your behalf.

We have a range of MOT Training Courses that may be of interest to you;

⦁ MOT Training Course 1 & 2 – This course is to become a fully qualified MOT tester for mopeds and scooters.
MOT Training Course, Class 4 & 7 – This course is to become a fully qualified MOT tester for cars and vans.
MOT Managers Course – This course is for individuals who want to manage an MOT Vehicle Test Centre.

⦁ Hybrid Training Course, Level 1 – This course is for individuals who have no experience in the motor industry and wants to gain knowledge of the HEV’s
Hybrid Training Course, Level 2 Light Vehicles – This course will help you develop your skills and knowledge on hybrid technology on scooters and mopeds.
Hybrid Training Course, Level 2 Buses – This course will help you develop your skills and knowledge on hybrid technology on buses.
Hybrid Training Course, Level 2 Heavy Goods Vehicles – This course will help you develop your skills and knowledge on hybrid technology on HGV’s
Hybrid Training Course Level 3 – This course is designed for technicians to gain skills and knowledge, on how to work safely and confidently on hybrid cars and understanding the construction and functions of the battery models and related components

The overview of the courses available

MOT Training Course 1 & 2

This MOT Training Course will help you develop your skills to become a nominated tester for class 1 and 2. In this course, you will focus on working safely within the test centre whilst carrying out the MOT, enhancing your professional development and working relationships within your test centre, as well as pre-test checks & the MOT tests.

MOT Training Course, Class 4 & 7

This MOT Training Course will allow you to become a fully qualified MOT tester for cars and vans. This intensive course, will develop your skills around the MOT testing routine. Furthermore, you will focus on working safely within the test centre, enhancing your professional developments and working relationships within your test centre, as well as pre-test checks & the MOT tests.

MOT Managers Course

This MOT Managers Course will give you the knowledge and the skills required to manage an MOT Vehicle Test Centre. Moreover, in the course you will be taught how to deal with customer complaints and customer service problems, how to develop and supervise staff within a test centre, how to manage the legislative and compliance requirements of a VTS and also knowledge of test centre quality systems and audits.

Hybrid Training Course, Level 1

This Hybrid Training Course, is to raise awareness of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. This course is aimed at anyone that may come into contact with HEV’s. This course is also for any individual that hasn’t got any experience in the motor industry and wants to gain knowledge of the HEV’s.

Hybrid Training Courses, Level 2 – Light Vehicles/Buses/HGV’s

These courses will help you develop your skills and knowledge on hybrid technology on these types of vehicles. In these courses, you will focus on working safely on HEV’s and the maintenance and repairs of the vehicles. You will also have the skills and knowledge to safely power down hybrid vehicles, ready for servicing.

Hybrid Training Course Level 3

This Level 3 Hybrid Course is for technicians that will be taught the hybrid drive layout and how to carry out the maintenance and repairs on HEV’s. This course is very similar to the Level 2 course, but this course is more practical and you work on live high voltage components.

Require more information

If you require any more information or need help on deciding which course to choose, you can contact us on 01274 965008 and one of our professional trainers will be more than happy to help you.

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