The DVSA has now changed rules and regulations regarding MOT tests – if you wish to have a remote location serving as a waiting area, you are now able to deliver footage of the test being carried out via CCTV cameras. You aren’t allowed to record the MOT test, however, you can relay it via a camera and screen if you prefer not to have a physical viewing area.

One of our local garages in Swindon approached us because they were expanding into a new building, however, it was a lot of extra expense to create a new viewing area when they already had a reception and waiting area. The solution was to install a screen into the existing waiting area, along with two network IP cameras in the MOT bay.

The screen was branded to their company design, although the facility to add extra information or offers can be added if required.

We have put together one of the best systems out there which ensures great image quality via Wireless IP cams, along with a small discreet control PC which can be easily mounted behind any screen. You can use a PC monitor, but we would recommend using a larger screen for a greater impact. It’s even all upgrade-able so you can view footage remotely.

At the same time, we upgraded the local garages network infrastructure to include two new Cisco Wireless Access Points, along with two Netgear POE (Power Over Ethernet) switches. This now means that they have the ability to utilise the existing internet connection across a greater geographical area incorporating the two sites they run without suffering a frustrating loss of signal.

Future upgrades for the client may also include a more up to date IP phone based VOIP system for their telephones, along with a possible update of CCTV based security.


A clearly identified weatherproof public waiting room or area from which the whole test can be directly observed without interruption, except for road testing (room for 2 seated people is considered sufficient)

A mirror or camera relayed images may be acceptable if all parts of the test can be observed as it would from an enclosed viewing area with window. Consideration should be given to the quality of image produced during variable light conditions.

The use of recording equipment (CCTV) is unacceptable – the observation room or area should be identified by a notice and floor markings if applicable. There should also be a notice in reception indicating the presence of a viewing area.