MAHA then designed a “remedial repair” for the affected lifts and started remedial works, however, an insurance inspector was not satisfied with the attempt to fix them, as a result, testing for cars and light vehicles at all of Northern Ireland’s 15 publicly owned MOT centers was suspended with immediate effect on Monday 27 January.
MAHA Ireland have always declined to answer any questions but have supplied a statement reading: “MAHA Ireland is liaising with relevant stakeholders at present to investigate the condition of all scissor lifts, their model DUO+1, employed at MOT centers.
Well that's the story but what we wanted was the make and model so we could warn all garage owners and MOT Bay operators of the potential danger to life!!!! If one of these lifts collapsed due to cracking steel the safety system wouldn't work, the outcome to anyone underneath the lift at the time would be catastrophic!!!
Well we have the Make and Model, its a MAHA DUO + 1 SCISSOR LIFT, with long platform, similar to the model below.
It's been said, that most of these lifts were supplied and fitted during 2011 - 2012, so check the manufacturers plate.
If you have one of these exact lifts or one of a similar style and you are in any way concerned about any vehicle lift you are currently using we would recommend you contact your own garage equipment supplier or original manufacturer for a safety check to be carried out immediately, they will know the make and model you have and whether or not it needs a full inspection.
If you know your lift hasn't been serviced or maintained for a long while, do something about it now.
Don't wait for your Insurance companies inspection to render them safe to use, it could be to late, you may only see your Insurance Company engineer once a year and with this particular issue that could be to long!!!
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!