New MOT station is a smart use of public resources

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The ribbon has been cut on a new MOT station in Towcester that maximises publically owned resources to provide a convenient service for all.

On Monday, 26 June Cllr Richard Dallyn, South Northamptonshire Council’s (SNC) vice-chairman officially opened the new vehicle testing centre at the council’s Tove Depot in Old Tiffield Road.

Cllr Dallyn said: “It is not unheard of for councils to offer competitive commercial services; we also provide trade waste, pest control and building control services on that basis.

“We needed a workshop in Towcester to maintain our fleet of refuse collection and other vehicles.  The facility will also be used in connection with the taxis licensed by SNC and with the capacity to offer MOT tests to the motor trade and public.

“Because the workshop will be used for large council vehicles, MOT tests can be carried out on larger private vehicles such as motorhomes which many other stations are unable to accommodate.”

MOTs are priced at either £50 or £55 dependent on the class of vehicle and business accounts can also be set up upon request.

They will take around 50 minutes to complete, and include a free re-test within 10 working days of the original test.

As there is no car repairservice at the Tove Depot, car owners are free to use any repair service they choose.

The facility will be capable of testing: Class 4 (cars), Class 7 (light goods vehicles between 3,000kg and 3,500kgs gross vehicle weight, typically large vans), Class 5 lights (minibuses up to 5,000kgs gross vehicle weight), and will also be able to accommodate motor homes and camper vans.

MOT bookings can be made online, alternatively call 01327 322093 during office hours.