Nearly all garages opting to include a new MOT test bay into their garage premises look at One Person Testing or Automated Testing. Both are similar in that one man can operate the bay, however;
In a fully automated test system, the roller brake tester has an integrated weighing system that allows the vehicles brake performance to be calculated using the actual weight of the vehicle as it is presented for test rather than a general tabular weight as given by the MOT device when the vehicle is logged in.
For most garages, since this integrated weighing is an additional cost and eliminating it from the brake tester doesn't stop you from testing with one man, ATL's have essentially been out-evolved by the DVSA's own regulations.
For a majority of garages, a One Person Testing Lane (or OPTL for short) is the correct type of test bay to select when looking at a new installation. It minimises the overall equipment costs and the MOT assistant is no longer required for the test - meaning that he can be employed on other profitable tasks within the garage.
Our complete bay packages for One Person Testing include all the equipment required to gain the authorisation from the DVSA with a complete project management service which fully guides you throughout the entire process to the full authorisation of your garage premises.
An OPTL enable you to start MoT testing with the minimum investment and our Class 4 package contains all the equipment you will require in order to gain approval from VOSA / DVSA. Our double laser headlight tester, which is common to all our equipment packages, enables the most accurate analysis of headlight beam pattern to be achieved whilst for lift based installations our 4 Tonne, electro-hydraulic 4 post lift has a capacity in excess of minimum requirements.
For sites with minimal headroom OPTL's can still be achieved using an inspection pit which offers the opportunity to achieve the bay in smaller premises or to open up additional markets whilst simultaniously eliminating the 6 monthly inspections required by law on vehicle lifts.
Our Class 7 OPTL package contains, as standard, a 4 Tonne; 5.2m platform lift but we recommend considering an upgrade to a 5 Tonne, 5.7m variant to enable you to more easily deal with long wheelbase vans. The complete package contains all the equipment you will require for an authorisation to be granted and we also include a full project management service to facilitate the shortest lead time possible to approval with DVSA / VOSA.
As with our class 4 package there is also an opportunity to test using an inspection pit which opens up additional markets including Class 5 Lightweight and/or limousines. Where an existing inspection pit is not in the premises we can supply a fully fabricated pit with services to eliminate concerns over water penetration and to ensure dimensional conformity.