Vehicle maintenance

We now have an online appointment booking system to allow you to book and pay for all vehicle test appointments. You will be able to access this system at your convenience, 24 hours a day to book and pay for compliance tests and private MOTs.

Find out more about the online booking system.

Salford City Council van

The role of Vehicle Management Services (VMS) is to provide an effective and cost effective transport and plant service to the council and private customers at a cost which demonstrated best value.

This service covers items such as:

  • Vehicle procurement and replacement programme
  • Service and repair engineering
  • Vehicle service scheduling and administration
  • Fuel management
  • Vehicle excise duty licensing
  • Administration of accidents and insurance
  • Monitoring of approved drivers
  • Vehicle and plant recovery and roadside assistance
  • Vehicle and plant disposal
  • Class 4, 5 light and 7 MOT testing
  • Inspection of hackney carriage taxi
  • Inspection of private hire vehicles
  • Vehicle and plant hire
  • Service and maintain all items of plant and equipment associated with grounds maintenance
  • Provide a maintenance and repair facility for all parks and play areas

Summary of service provided

Transport and plant management is an extremely diverse and heavily legislated industry. Constant changing technology means the Vehicle Management Services staff are always required to develop their skills and knowledge. VMS has a critical role in the delivery of most services within Salford City Council, for example, keeping vehicles mobile 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Opening times

Monday to Friday from 6.30am to 9.30pm. 

Emergency hours: outside normal working hours.


VMS also has a team of blacksmiths that are responsible for carrying out repairs and maintenance to the cities 65 play areas, together with the fabrication of ornate gates and fencing and almost anything connected to steel and metal work.

Horticultural fitters

VMS's horticultural fitters are responsible for the maintenance of grass mowing equipment and plant machinery. This includes tractors, large tractor drawn mowers, ride-on mowing equipment, pedestrian mowers, hand held powered equipment, dumper trucks, mini excavators and vehicles.

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Who to contact

Alan Fitzsimons
Transport Manager
Turnpike Depot
631 Eccles New Road
M50 1SW
Map to this location
0161 925 1042

This page was last updated on 16 October 2023

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