DVSA is building a new ‘web-based’ MOT testing system to replace MOT Comp in 2015. Over the course of 2015, all VTS devices will be turned off and you’ll all need to have the right IT equipment in place in order to access the new system and carry on testing.
This means you’ll be responsible for your own IT equipment, and any future repairs and maintenance.
But there’s no need to worry about buying a load of new IT kit. Most of you will already have the right equipment in place.
The new system is being designed to run on most Windows and Mac OS set-ups, for PCs and laptops with 1024 x 768 screen resolutions, and recent Android or iPad tablets with screen sizes of 9 inches and above.
However you don’t have to use a tablet. You can use any combination of this IT equipment to enter test results with the new security system which will replace your current smart card.
As long as your internet access is fast enough at your approved premises, then you can use what you like - the choice is entirely up to you.
If your equipment can use one of the recommended browsers to search the internet at download speeds of more than 0.5 megabits per second (Mbps) then you shouldn’t have any problems.
For example, if you can visit the GOV.UK website and browse its pages without interruption then you should be OK.
To achieve this speed, you can use a typical fixed-line, 3G, 4G or satellite broadband connection. DVSA research has shown that 99% of garages already have access to these kinds of connections.
The equipment you decide to use will depend on the size of your garage and your specific day-to-day needs and requirements.
We'll provide more information nearer to the time to help you make the right choices for you. We’ll soon be releasing the exact details of the IT security arrangements which we’ll be putting in place.
Find out more about IT equipment on GOV.UK
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