Fleet management specialist, BT Fleet has added Authorised Testing Facility (ATF) capabilities at three of its strategically-located garages in Maidstone, Magna Park in Lutterworth and Northallerton. The investment follows recent rationalisation of ATF locations by the Driver and Vehicle Stands Agency (DVSA) and is part of BT Fleet's commitment to providing state-of-the-art equipment and testing facilities across its garage network.
BT Fleet has been selected as one of a strictly limited number of approved privatised testing providers by the DVSA in response to the shutdown of available facilities in certain areas of the UK. The ATF lanes comply with stringent DVSA standards and are suitable to test heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and large goods vehicles (LGVs).
BT Fleet has partnered with premier garage equipment manufacturer, GEMCO, on the project, which included introducing a compressed air supply into the inspection and workshop pits, fitting shaker plates and accessory boards, plus supply of brake tester cover plates. Following the investment, BT Fleet is able to carry out a full range of vehicle testing, which includes: Service, Maintenance and Repair (SMR) for all vehicle types; Class IV and VII MOT tests; voluntary brake tests; headlamp alignment; Ford IDS and Vauxhall MDI diagnostics and air conditioning repairs.
Mark Wolfe, Head of Garages Service - UK & Northern Ireland at BT Fleet, explains: "We pride ourselves on recognising and responding to customer demand and the recent reduction in ATF facilities by the DVSA meant that it was increasingly challenging for some of our customer base to find convenient test centres.
"The investment in ATF lane equipment is an important step in providing additional in-house set-up and testing services for our partners. As one of a handful of compliant companies selected by the DVSA, the process has enabled us to meet the demand in these areas and enhance our already comprehensive testing and service offering nationwide and ability to offer a one-stop-shop solution.
The Maidstone and Magna Park ATF's are now open, with the Northallerton facility scheduled for launch in September.