Fleets will need to keep their new vans in service for longer than planned because of the component shortages affecting vehicle production across the board from cars to heavy trucks.
With van production slowed or suspended thanks to lack of microprocessor chips, lack of available product means fleets will not be able to replace vehicles that would normally be de-fleeted during the coming months.
As a result, many fleets will have to handle more MOT testing as a greater number of vehicles remain on fleet beyond three years old, at which point a first MOT test is required. The heaviest vans with gross vehicle weights between 3,000kgs and 3,500kgs – the heaviest that can be driven on a car licence for most drivers – may need specialist MOT equipment because of their size and weight.
ATS Euromaster is well placed to handle the increased volume from fleet operators, with more than 160 ATS Euromaster centres across the UK able to offer Class 4 MOT testing for cars and light vans.
In addition, the company operates a specialist network of more than 60 centres with the necessary equipment to test larger vans for Class 7 MOTs. These are the tests needed for vans in the 3,000kgs to 3,500kgs GVW category, which may need greater clearance for high-roof vehicles and larger ramps for the longer van models.