We’ve recently been made aware of a third party blog which is causing some confusion around bonnet inspection requirements. So we thought we’d clarify what these checks involve and what should result in a refusal.
Ian, from Castlehill services, sent us this picture of a seat belt repair on a 2005 Suzuki Vitara which was presented for an MOT. On inspecting the rear seat belts, Ian found that both outer belts had been damaged. Someone had cut out the damaged areas and stapled the two parts back together using staples only suitable for paper.
Over the last few months we’ve been surveying garages about switching over to the new MOT testing service, and now over 75% of garages have told us they’re ready. We’re going to be contacting sites and testers ahead of their switchover to the new service in September 2015.
When the owner of this vehicle dropped it off with Martin, at Discount Tyres in Sittingbourne for its MOT, they mentioned a noise which had been coming from the front of the vehicle when braking.
Advisory notices are a non-mandatory part of the MOT and it’s up to the tester to decide whether to advise on an item or not. Some Authorised Examiners may also have their own policy in place for advisories.
Since we limited the options for ‘item not tested’ on MOT comp in August 2014, testers have been asking us what to do when they can’t test other items. This includes a binding brake preventing a proper examination of the wheel bearing.
In November 2014, over 2,500 of you took part in an exercise to test the new navigation of MOT services and information on GOV.UK. So thank you to everyone that helped with this exercise.
DVSA is asking all testers and other VTS roles to check and update their VTS device email address. This is to help with switching over to the new MOT testing service in 2015.
Being authorised to carry out MOT tests comes with many responsibilities; many of which are often overlooked. The role can range from looking after equipment, the garage facilities and layout, through to making sure testers are fully trained. If you’re an AE (Authorised Examiner), here’s a few of the things you’ll need to keep in mind when running your MOT business.
Andrew Nash from Deal MOT Centre sent us this example of poor workmanship found on a Toyota Land Cruiser he tested. Someone attempted to remove the track rod ends. After removing a nut they replaced it with a wood screw to make what they thought was a safe repair.