MOT testers must consider process changes

MOT Stations will have to look at changing and possibly enhancing how they manage test quality in light of DVSA’s announcement that its new MOT computer system will not record QC checks. However, according to a release issued by RMI on 17 March, Authorised Examiners (AE’s) will need to provide evidence to DVSA in the future about how they are managing test quality.

The announcement from the DVSA comes at a time when the garage trade is already anticipating a switch to a new web-based MOT testing system, which is due be completed by September 2015. Bringing MOT testing online is part of the wider government MOT modernisation project, which aims to improve road safety and test quality by simplifying MOT policies and processes.

As a result DVSA says AE’s should have a system sufficient to enable AEs to discharge their responsibility to adequately manage quality. Some garages are working with trade associations to advise them and are using their schemes to support the AE. At the same time, the RMI MOTQC Scheme has been providing additional support for a number of years. Indeed the RMI has pledged that it will “support all RMI members that already have a fully encompassing QC solution.”

Director Stuart James commented: “We are already working closely with the DVSA to assist garages and enhance their internal QC procedures. Our own dedicated MOT operations team conducts MOT Site Assessments, including all the areas that the DVSA focuses on during its own site assessments, including observing an MOT.  At the end of every visit, we provide garages with both a verbal and written report, together with recommendations on how to remain compliant and reduce risk. By working closely with the DVSA and following their standards, we are able to provide thorough QC checks, which can improve our members’ compliance and risk score.”

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