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Welcome to the Hofmann Megaplan blog. Check back regularly for news, product launches and events.

A stroke of genius, a guarantee of quality and a constant MOT Bay headache removed!

It is the people of Hofmann Megaplan that make us the best. An easy example of this? Our experts across in the MOT division that specialises in garage preparation, MOT equipment installs and getting business up & running to MOT. It is so much more than just an install.

Why are we considered one of the best in the industry?

Quality guaranteed.

The beginning of 2019 saw the integration of our separate ATL MOT site into our renowned main website, in a decisive shift to combine all our services together to showcase the service that has made us famous.

It is safe to say, that journey has got our MOT division booming with new business, throughout the summer and continuing into the tail end of 2019. No one says it better on how we go the extra mile than our valued customers.

A masterstroke that put us ahead of the curve.

Since October, we have been running our new ATL MOT 5 Year Peace of Mind Offer – earning you a potential saving upwards of £3,750 + VAT in calibration fees over the 5-year period.

Available on all orders until the end of the year, this offer covers all MOT bays for sale – which would also see you gain 2 years warranty as standard on your order!

What to expect from 2020.

With the new announcements of connected MOT equipment, we are set to have another busy year in 2020 – equipping even more garages with new equipment.

If we are busy, that means you should be too!

Contact our specialists on 01480 8-9-10-11 to discuss your ATL MOT requirements in further detail.

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The Ins & Outs of Connected MOT Equipment!

As most of you may already know, the DVSA have been rolling out connected MOT equipment into circulation across the UK since the beginning of October 2019.

Working closely with a few specialist garage equipment suppliers, the DVSA have been creating new regulations that will need to be put in place. Any new MOT stations or existing bays looking to update or upgrade their current MOT equipment, will need to make sure these changes are applied.

Being in the dark when it comes to these new regulations can be difficult – especially with the announcement of new connected equipment to be introduced in February!

So, here is a breakdown of everything you need to know...

What is Connected MOT Equipment? 

Your standard MOT equipment is in the process of being modified to gain the ability to link directly to the DVSA’s cloud-based MOT Test System – results from roller brake testers, gas analysers etc. will be transferred automatically, eradicating the need for manual data entry.

Connected roller brake testers have already been introduced on October 1st 2019 – so if you are looking to update your roller brake testeryou need to get connected!

Why are these changes being made?

It may seem a bit of a faff, however the need to eliminate fraudulent activity and inaccurate testing is greater than ever.

Discover why the biggest change in MOT equipment for half a century is taking place now in our previous blog!

What MOT Equipment is next? 

With plans to eventually link all digital equipment that records MOT test results to their own system, the DVSA have been spending a lot of resources with specialist MOT equipment suppliers. By ironing out agreed equipment regulations, manufacturing pivotal equipment and creating a phased approach to releasing these products should be made much easier.

Connectivity awaits:

• Roller Brake Testers - already available as of October 1st 2019, new or updated brake testers must be applied to adhere to new regulations
• Decelerometers – recently announced to begin their introduction to the industry on February 1st 2020!
• Emissions Testers – exhaust gas analysers and smoke meters are currently being trialled and tested
• Headlight Testers – the long-term aim is to have a connected product available for headlamp tester (testing is yet to begin!)

How does Connected MOT Equipment work? 

For those who don’t know exactly what is going on, this can be confusing. Let’s make this simple.

As mentioned above, Connected MOT Equipment needs to communicate and transfer MOT results to the DVSA’s MOT Testing System (MTS). All equipment must also be able to receive previous testing results and vehicle information from the MTS. 

As defined by the DVSA, all data must be transferred in the form of a JSON file via a secure Application Programming Interface (API). A specified background programme, available from your specialist supplier, will take each test result and create it into a data file that will be sent directly to the MTS.

One of the most crucial pieces to this puzzle, is the key.

Instructions on how to use the key will be sent at the same time of receiving the software code. This is important to ensure your MOT equipment links directly to the MTS and knows your exact station number – your connected equipment will not work without the key!

For this reason, you must keep your keys secure (you willneed one key for EVERY piece of connected equipmentsoftware that you run), so be sure to only give the key(s) to the engineer installing your software.

To connect your MOT equipment, you must first have this software code before you install your equipment. It can take up to 14 calendar days to receive this key, so be sure to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in advance with the following information:

• 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 

Delivering Excellent MOT Services 

For more information on our MOT equipment and services, visit our ATL MOT homepage online now.

To discuss any issues in more detail, contact us online or call our dedicated team on 01480 8-9-10-11 today.

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MOT Bay Equipment: The Greatest Hits

While Hofmann Megaplan's ATL & MoT equipment division continues to provide high quality equipment and service for a varying range of garage owners. However many are unaware of what equipment goes into an MOT, even though they know the profit it can bring them.

By providing a comprehensive range of products Hofmann Megaplan are able to fit out and upgrade bays with new MOT Equipment to suit more classes. This means better serving opportunities for your garage and not turning customers away. This includes:

What is our Most Popular MOT Bay Equipment?

Whilst no single piece is more important than another, their is always one piece of equipment that starts the search. Emission Testers are often this thing and are available for Class 1 & 2 MOT Testing, Class 4 MOT Testing & Class 7 MOT Testing. These vehicle gas analysers deliver the highest standard in petrol and diesel testing for your customer's peace of mind. Our MOT equipment range includes:

With technologically advanced components included as standard, UK MOT requirements are met with high quality performance products. Our emissions tester units also offer greater ease of use for your engineers and outstanding reliability, so you know that your equipment will not let you down!

What are you waiting for? Visit Hofmann Megaplan ATL MOT now!

Do you need more information or advice on what we can do to help your workshop? Contact us online now or call us today on 01480 891011 to book an appointment with our MoT Station specialists.
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Bewildered by MOT Classifications? A Beginners Guide to MOT Bay Classes

There are a number of different pieces of equipment that make up an MOT Bay and understanding what is needed for classification can be a bit of a head spinner!

Here at Hofmann Megaplan, we pride ourselves on our MoT Bay knowledge and experience, having been a leading supplier of garage and MOT equipment since 1931.

Our specialist division for handling automotive testing equipment within the workshop, works to ensure you have the right equipment in your garage and to make sure your ATL MOT workshop operations run efficiently with little interruptions. They have put together the below quick beginners guide to understanding the different Class bay's when it comes to ATL/MOT.

Read more on our service lead MOT Bay installations here!

Class 1 & 2 ATL MOT Bays

Many garages are unaware that their existing ATL MOT bay can be modified to cater for Class 1 & 2 vehicles, however having a specific Class 1 & 2 ATL MOT Bay can be highly beneficial to the efficiency of testing certain vehicles including:

  • Motorbikes
  • Scooters
  • Mopeds
  • Motorcycle Combinations (e.g. sidecar)

More often than not getting a Class 1 & 2 bay is a no brainer. By contacting our knowledgeable team we can provide specialist insight into achieving this.

Class 4 ATL MOT Bays

As your standard passenger car is the most popular form of transportation, it is of no surprise that Class 4 ATL MOT Bays are the go to when investing in MOT testing equipment. Due to the workload these bays see there is a need for them to be more robust and durable than ever.

Equipping your garage with the right Class 4 MOT bay can be a struggle though, as they can come in all shapes and sizes. By delivering our comprehensive analysis and design bespoke to your workshop, we can offer and advise on the best solution for your space and services. This peace of mind approach is imperative and ensures your bay is right and ready to start making you money ASAP!

Class 7 ATL MOT Bays

With heavy duty vehicles comes larger MOT testing equipment! Where the opportunity to get business from light commercial and heavy commercial machinery testing presents itself, you are going to need specialised Class 7 ATL MOT Bays and equipment to deal with the enormity of each task.

For dealing with the sheer weight and size of the vehicles, you will need a lot of space and very robust equipment. The need to plan well and get thing right first time is key, else a simple project could end up costing you more than needed. 

​If you need to draw on ​our expertise and advice for your MOT equipment, contact us online now or call us today on 01480 8-9-10-11 to speak with one of our MOT Station specialists.

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