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.
An ongoing DVSA online survey has shown that most garages are confident they’ll be ready to switch over to the new MOT testing service by April 2015. So far, 96% of respondents – around 7,200 AEs have confirmed their sites will be ready.
Here’s a video demo of the new MOT testing service. You’ll see some of the screens you’ll be using to enter test results when it goes live in 2015. The screens are based on feedback from members of the MOT trade.
DVSA’s customer service centres answer around 4000 calls and 400 emails a day from MOT testers, operators, learner drivers and other members of the public. The team takes calls on anything from training courses to cars fitted with jet engines. We thought we’d take a look into some of the queries we’re getting about the MOT test – and some of the answers.
Once the clocks go back, the weather turns colder, and there more and more Christmas items in the shops, thoughts turn increasingly towards the winter ahead. Now is the time to encourage garage customers to get a pre-winter check.
DVSA will be emailing an online survey to all single-site authorised examiners (AEs) week commencing Monday 24 November. This is to help check whether you have the right IT equipment and are ready to switch over to the new testing system in 2015.