Crypton has received official DVSA approval for Connected MOT Equipment.

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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have announced the introduction of 'Connected Equipment' from the 1st October 2019.

This new regulation requires certain MOT equipment to be capable of connecting to the MOT online system in order for test results to be transferred automatically to the MOT Testing System (MTS). This only applies to MOT stations making a new site application or replacing old equipment. 

Chris Price, DVSA Head of MOT policy said: "We're bringing in connected equipment to modernise testing in MOT garages and reduce the potential for mistakes. It will make testing quicker, more accurate and give motorists greater confidence in the quality of testing."

As a member of the GEA, Crypton have been working closely with the DVSA to ensure our products meet the new regulations with roller brake testers to be the first phase. We're please to announce that Crypton's Class 4 and Class 7 Roller Brake Testers have been approved by the DVSA as MOT Connected Equipment. After this, emissions testing equiment and headlight testers are the next phase to be introduced. Our smoke meters and exhaust gas analysers are currently being tested ahead of the introduction for emissions and our headlamp aligners will soon follow. It is expected that all MOT equipment will require to be connected at some point in the future.


Roller brake testers are the first to be rolled out as connected equipment, which will apply from the 1st October 2019. DVSA plans to introduce other types of connected equipment following on from successful trials. These are:


  • emission gas analysers
  • diesel smoke meters
  • decelerometers (not available from Crypton)
  • headlamp beam testers

DVSA will issue special notices when this equipment will be introduced into the test. This should be in early 2020.

The rule applies to any of the following:

  • a new MOT centre
  • reopening a closed MOT centre (regardless of how long it’s been closed)
  • a change of ownership of an MOT centre (where it moves from one authorised examiner (AE) to another)
  • replace the current roller brake tester
  • add a new test lane with a roller brake tester

The rule does not apply if:

  • you’re making a change to an existing AE (for example, where you add a new partner and keep the same AE number)
  • your application was received by DVSA before 1 October 2019 – you can install any roller brake tester that was approved at the point you applied

You need a software code (called a ‘key’) before you install your equipment by emailing at least 2 weeks before your equipment is due to be installed. You need to include this information in your email:

  • your MOT centre number (sometimes called ‘vehicle testing station’ or ‘VTS’ number)
  • your AE name and number
  • why you need a key, for example, you’re installing new equipment, or you’ve lost the original key
  • which type of equipment is being installed, for example, a roller brake tester
  • the name, role, username (if applicable) and email address of the person who needs to be sent the key

PLEASE NOTE: You must keep keys secure. Only give them to the engineer installing your equipment. You’ll get instructions about how to use the key when it is sent.

Connected equipment only sends results for live MOT tests - it does not have a trial mode. You and the tester need to check that the results have been sent through on the first test after the equipment is installed. Contact the equipment supplier immediately if results are not sent through.

As part of its drive towards connected MOT equipment, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) introduced new requirements for anyone buying a roller brake tester – a change that came into effect on 1 October 2019. This mandatory requirement means that the data measured and logged by the brake tester will be automatically recorded with the MOT Testing Service (MTS). Any garage looking to invest in new equipment should therefore check for confirmation that their connected brake tester is approved under this scheme.

This ruling applies whether equipment is acquired for a new MOT bay, a new MOT site or as a replacement for an old or broken model.

Firstly, automating the way in which car brake test data is reported removes the possibility of human error. Like any industry relying on manual data input, there have been instances in the past where miskeying of information has resulted in incorrect data being logged with the DVSA. By logging data automatically, this risk is taken out of the equation.

Secondly, the accuracy and speed at which test results can be recorded will ultimately free up time for test garages. This, in turn, gives garages the opportunity to improve their performance, profitability and increase the number of tests that can be completed in a typical day.


If you would like to know more about Connected Equipment, please call Crypton on 0121 725 1400 or speak to our support team on our live chat. 

Crypton – A Brand of the Continental Corporation 


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