This is the first article in a new series for the Evans Halshaw blog from our Trucks National Franchise Director, Wayne Edwards.
I'm often asked why do you 'bang on' about first time MOT pass rates on trucks, people say "it's just an MOT". But is it just another MOT? With these words ringing in my ears I want to outline why it's so important for truck operators and their businesses that first time MOT pass rates are high on their agendas. In this case I am talking about commercial vehicles over 3.5 Tonne GVW.
Having an operator's licence means you need a competent vehicle technician
The transport industry in the UK is one of the safest in the world, partly due to the inspection regime agreed with truck operators when they apply and obtain an operator's licence (the "O" licence is another blog in itself!). In short to operate a commercial vehicle in the UK you must hold an operator's licence. One factor in obtaining a licence deciding how often your vehicle(s) need inspecting by a competent and professional technician, mechanic or fitter. The title is irrelevant - the key is competent. The main part of the operator's licence I am referring is that an operator must ensure vehicle(s) are legal and roadworthy at all times.
How you can ensure compliance
In my experience no operator wants to be none-complaint. One way of ensuring compliance is to ask your maintenance provider ‘what is your current first time MOT pass rate?’. Any provider worth their salt will provide a percentage score confirmed independently almost immediately. If they can’t or don’t know, I would check the OCRS score on the DVSA portal and insist going forward you receive - as a minimum - the PG14 after every MOT test.
Franchise repairers like Evans Halshaw DAF are generally targeted by their manufacturers with regards to first time MOT rates, which is another compelling reason to use their services. We have invested heavily in training and equipment, have extended opening hours and above all our Team Members have a first time pass in their DNA.
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