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Decades of MOT equipment supply

By autotech-nath on December 9, 2021

As Tecalemit Garage Equipment enter their 100th year of supplying garage equipment into workshops across the UK, they look back over decades of supplying MOT testing equipment

Back in the 1970’s, the Tecalemit DE7100 series Roller Brake Tester was a hydraulically operated unit, developed in consultation with the Department of Transport, or the ministry as it was affectionately known. Even, fifty years later in 2021, there are numerous Tecalemit DE7182 and DE7184 roller brake testers still performing MOT tests across the country. The team at Tecalemit still have all the correct calibration rigs to keep these units running smoothly and accurately. In the early 1980’s, the measurement technology moved to an electronic platform and the Tecalemit DE7200 series became the mainstay of the MOT test bay.

The latest MOT specifications stipulate that for new installations, the Roller Brake Tester is connected to the internet for the transmission of data to the DVSA. This has seen the number of these original Tecalemit brake testers gradually decline, as loyal customers look to upgrade to the new specification equipment and install the latest MOT Automated Test Lane technology. It is testament to the Tecalemit product quality that some of the older roller brake testers are now approaching fifty years of age and many will have conducted over 100,000 MOT tests and still continue to perform satisfactorily.

Today, the most common type of MOT bay format is a recessed vehicle lift with a brake tester, and emission tester connected via a cabled internet connection to the DVSA MOT system via the customer’s broadband connection. Tecalemit have retained their high visibility LED matrix display as an alternative to a simple TFT LCD screen. The high visibility LED Matrix display proves to be very popular due to its size, high visibility in bright workshops combined with its ability to be seen from a distance.

All of this history in MOT equipment supply means that Tecalemit’s UK Equipment Specialists have collectively over 120 years of MOT bay design, covering existing and new buildings and using a variety of bay layouts. Whilst an MOT bay with a recessed lift proves to be the most popular due to their space- saving configuration that sees the vehicle lift form part of the brake test standing area, Tecalemit also supply pit-based MOT bays, and bays that utilise a surface mounted vehicle lift. With a range of headlamp beam testers, portable decelerometers and complete ancillary packs with shadow boards, the entire MOT bay can be supplied by Tecalemit.

With a full MOT workshop design and project management capability, the team at Tecalemit are experts at helping garages with the entire process, from VT01 application through the required civil work and onto final DVSA sign off. Check out some of the Tecalemit team case studies at to see how the team work.

With a range of equipment options for Class I, II, II, IV VII and Commercial Vehicles, the Tecalemit team can help you profit from MOT testing.



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