Whilst the information needed to apply for and subsequently gain authorisation of an MOT bay within your garage is freely available in the public domain, many garage owners save themselves the work involved in successfully navigating these regulations and the VT01 form itself by employing GETECH to perform this function for them.
Our own VT01 assistance service consists of a bespoke service, but around a standard format.
Site Meeting: We undertake site visit to understand the space envelope you have available. As a team we discuss, face to face, your requirement for the MOT bay. From this we can agree a final installation arrangement or understand the available options which are then drawn up in CAD for later discussion. During this initial visit we will also supply you with the necessary templates and guidance on obtaining the evidence required for your application which will conform to the DVSA's regulation requirement.
CAD Drawings: We produce a series of layout options or the final agreed installation drawings to support the application
Paperwork Checking: When available, we pre-check your paperwork and make the complete submission on your behalf. Normally within a 2 week period an official "Approval in Principle" (AIP) document will be produced by the DVSA giving you the green light to proceed with the installation and approval of the equipment within a 6 month period.
Training, civil and electrical work would normally follow the formal "AIP" document although reduced lead times to revenue earning service can be achieved under many circumstances if proceeding with preparation works in advance of formal DVSA written approval. This is entirely feasible when dealing with an MOT specialist such as ourselves.
Although not the DVSA prescribed route for applying, stage one of getting an MOT premises approved is the VT01 application.
After all, why would you commit to a building lease and the equipment and training costs until you're 100% certain of getting the DVSA to approve you?
Whilst applying for an MOT testing station licence has become easier in recent years, there are still a number of pieces of submission evidence which can cause delays and confusion for new applicants with no previous experience of the MOT scheme.
Part of the evidence gathering stage for the application is the thorny issue of "...planning permission or an exemption, or written approval that planning permission is not required."