The number of Authorised Testing Facilities (ATFs) are on the up, with the DVSA announcing just last year that they had opened their 500th ATF operation in County Durham.
Privately owned and managed, an ATF can test HGVs, trailers and PSVs depending on the class of vehicle they are authorised to check. When a vehicle needs testing, a DVSA examiner will come to the ATF to conduct the test, ensuring that vehicles are safe to operate and adhere to safety standards.
Being an ATF has its advantages, as in addition to the servicing and repair work for your workshops, you can offer testing to third parties which can help increase your workshop’s profitability.
Of course, to become an ATF not only do you need to apply to the DVSA, fill out the relevant forms and information, and undergo an assessment and inspection, you need to make sure you have the right equipment. Not only that, but it must be bought from an approved manufacturer.
MAHA Ltd has been operating since 1969, and have many years of experience supplying equipment to workshops. Alongside roller brake testers, headlamp testers and inspection pits, MAHA also offer ATF specific packages, with all the MOT/ATL equipment being suitable for testing Class 4 and Class 7 vehicles.
As well as specific equipment, an ATF also needs a selection of other equipment, including a brake airline valve lift gauge, a communication system, an inspection hand lamp, a load stimulation provision and a pit jack.
For further details of MAHA equipment visit www.maha.co.uk or e-mail [email protected].
For more information about becoming an ATF, visit: https://www.gov.uk/setting-up-an-authorised-testing-facility