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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 28-01-2020, 11:40 Thread Starter
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The people who passed off a pair of gloves as *two* items of PPE may not be entirely honest.

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We do have (effectively) government MOT testing places here Alan, a Ambulance station tests all mine, and trucks use DVSA rented test bases.
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Yes Kev. It's all we have and perhaps as Terry says they are generally prompt these days but there were times when there were three month waiting lists, and that would not have been accepted as a reason for driving without MoT. Hard to keep a business running with that kind of waiting time.

Depending on the day they'd also fail you for ridiculous things. We didn't have advisories. I had a van failed for a tear in the drivers seat covering. It was maybe two or three inches long. They just as soon have failed you and left you needing a full retest for something like that. Another time they failed my car, an old Alfa Spider because they front number plate was not vertical. The front number plate was never vertical on those cars, like the E Type it was across the slope of the front panel, still perfectly visible for all that. It had passed for years with the stick on number plate it had been delivered with when new. I got the local Alfa dealer to challenge it and they weren't having it. Hanging a vertical number plate on it was an act of vandalism but I did it just for the day and in subsequent years it was never mentioned again.

They couldn't test my Lotus Elise because it was too low to go on to their brake testers. In the end I just took it to Scotland every year and had it done there.

Not a helpful bunch in my opinion. Officious. Perhaps not so much now, I don't know.

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No, I think Terry's right Alan, they're a whole lot better than they used to be.

And I too prefer our system to the GB system which, it seems to me, is much more open to abuse.
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We have noticed a definite improvement of MOT testing stations in our area at least. They now are given an hour and it is timed from when they log the car onto a computer to when they log the car out. This, it seems, makes them do a thorough test. I always insist that Chris takes the cars in as he knows what he is talking about and they accept that he will not give them the work even if they do find something that needs attention.
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No, I think Terry's right Alan, they're a whole lot better than they used to be.

And I too prefer our system to the GB system which, it seems to me, is much more open to abuse.
Yes Jean much better now in terms of fully computerised as you enter, have found the staff helpful and happy to explain the readings as you progress through the test. Indeed two years ago I was getting handbrake failure readings, the tester called another guy and retested until acceptable readings were captured stating, "these Alko hand brakes brakes are a pain". Unlike previous tests they do now list Minor Defects that may require attention but not a fail in main test.

As for ordinary car testing I still feel like an expectant father when asked to side on the sidelines whilst it goes a the lift.

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