DVSA authorised testing facilities are better known as ATF test lanes, the introduction of ATF Lanes came in 2010, following the success of the designated premises or better known as DP test lanes.
The ATF testing has allowed operators to carry out MOT testing of commercial vehicles in their own premises, allowing for additional benefits:
- Cost saving on labour
- Cost saving on fuel
- Testing of outside vehicles for return on investment
Most ATF test lanes have incorporated class 4 and 7 testing to allow for own personal to carry out MOT testing on cars and light commercials to increase the return on investment with the capital outlay.
ATF test lanes carry out MOTs on; Truck, Trailers, HGV’s, Buses, Coaches, PSV’s and other commercial vehicles. The main tests carried out during MOT are:
- Underside inspection of vehicle by using an ATF compliant Inspection Pit
- Testing of braking components via a commercial brake tester
- Checking of steering axles by play detectors and pit jacks
- Ensuring emissions are compliant by using an emission tester
- Checking headlight aim using a headlight tester
All of the above equipment is supplied, installed and maintained by Everquip, and with 25 years of experience in designing workshops. Everquip understand DVSA requirements for layout of ATF test lanes.
Underside Inspection Product Requirements:
- 13.0m long ATF Pit uninterrupted
- Side entry and exit tunnels fitted to ATF Pit
- Zone 2 lighting
- Pit Jack Rail c/w Pit Jack and spreader beam
- Wheel Play Detectors ATF approved
Testing Equipment Product Requirements:
- Commercial brake tester
- Headlight tester
- Emissions tester
- Small tools and ancillaries