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Observed inspections with defects

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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will soon be carrying out a new activity when visiting some sites. This will be known as an ‘observed inspection with defects’.

The activity will help us to make sure NTs (Nominated Testers) are inspecting vehicles correctly and applying the correct test standards.

A DVSA Vehicle Examiner (VE) will ask the tester to carry out a full MOT test and will observe the inspection. After the test, the VE will offer advice and guidance where needed. If procedures or standards haven’t been applied correctly, the VE will discuss the next steps with the tester.

This activity will mostly happen at sites where the risk scores falls into Red or Amber. We have also trialled it around the country with a number of MOT Garages. The feedback was positive from both the Trade and DVSA staff.


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  1. Comment by Hitesh. K. Raichura. posted on

    The answer relating to the Question:- ''Does Removing a Passenger Seat Result in a fail'' as far as i understand you can Pass the Vehicle but Do Put In Your Advise that ''At Time Of Test The Seat Had Been Removed'' and If The Seat Belt Stalk was part if the seat then Do Mention that too and also state that ''Unable to Test Adult Seat Belt Due To Seat Removed At Time Of Test''

  2. Comment by 8"dave posted on

    Thought they already did

  3. Comment by andy posted on

    Does this mean the VE will drive a car with a defect to the garage, or will they use anyone that is available at that time??

  4. Comment by jason bentley posted on

    Surley ve have been doing this for years every ve ive ever had has done this to me over the last 20 years