With the DVSA announcing that van drivers and delivery fleets across the UK are struggling to book Class 7 MOT slots, LKQ Euro Car Parts is urging garages to do what they can to help.
The challenge has stemmed from the backlog created by the MOT extension earlier this year, with demand remaining high across every vehicle class.
Anthony McAteer, Trading Director at LKQ Euro Car Parts, said: “Christmas is always the busiest time of the year for deliveries – this year more so than ever, as people choose to shop from the comfort of their own homes. We and our workshop customers have an important part to play in keeping vans moving safely over the next few weeks – and so their drivers can keep doing their jobs when it matters most.
“As well as prioritising inbound Class 7 requests – even if just a few per day – garages can work through their databases to identify where there are Class 7 tests due (or overdue) and proactively encourage drivers to bring their vehicles in. Available slots can also be advertised on social media. Demonstrating awareness of the urgent Class 7 testing need and an understanding of the business-critical roles many vans play will also help to encourage loyalty from new and existing customers.
“We’re advising garages to take advantage of high demand for tests over the next few weeks, before things quieten down. Bringing in business between now and Christmas will help to offset the impact of what’s been a challenging year. Being proactive is the best way to manage demand and plan resource effectively – even bringing temporary team members on board if there’s capacity in the workshop to do so safely.”