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UK Adults: Girls Are Discouraged from a Career in Vehicle Mechanics Due to It Being a Male-Dominated Industry
The latest research from ClickMechanic, an online marketplace for car repair, has revealed that more than half of UK adults believe that young girls are discouraged from a career in…
The Electric Car Revolution and Owning an Electric Vehicle
Now could be a pivotal time for electric vehicles in the UK as it appears that motorists are beginning to prepare for an electric vehicle revolution. This could be due…
Defective tyres and brakes top contributors in road accidents
ClickMechanic, an online marketplace for car repair, have analysed the latest figures from the Department for Transport and can reveal that although faulty brakes are the number one vehicle defect…
Just How Trustworthy is Your Car’s MOT History?
Buying a used car is always a risk, but as long as it comes with all of the documents you’re safe, right? Sadly, this isn’t always the case. Many buyers…
Why 40% of Vehicles Failed their MOT in 2016
A recent study conducted by warranty provider Warranty Direct discovered that almost 40% of cars and vans failed their MOT in 2016. This has been consistent for decades and a…
The car with the lowest MOT failure rate in 2016 was the Honda Jazz with just 6.7% failing that first MOT. For Class 4 vehicles as a whole, however, the vehicle with the highest failure rate was the Ford Transit van at 30.67%, that’s three in every ten vehicles Tested.
Although the average MOT failure rate for vehicles having their first MOT at three years old is around 17%, there’s  a wide disparity between the best and the worst. The…
At 10,000 signatures, the government will respond to the petition - if just half of Testing Stations sign, that figure will be easily reached.
The Government are intending to allow cars to be used on the roads for a further year before having their first MOT at four years old, instead of three, which…
MOT Testing Magazine Editor Jim Punter maintains that the proposal to extend the first MOT Test to 4 years would result in more road deaths and injuries, for minimal gain, and possibly significant financial cost.
Minister proposes to extend car's first MOT to 4-years old Supported by figures which are widely disputed and under-estimate road deaths and injuries Increased air pollution is likely Financial benefit…
Transport Minister Andrew Jones (inset) risks being associated with a rise in road-related deaths and injuries by supporting an uninformed proposal to extend a vehicles’ un-Tested time on the road from three to four years.
The Government have published their proposal to defer a vehicle’s first MOT inspection until it is four years old (4-1-1 MOT Testing). The consultation document is filled with distortions, misinformation…
DVSA receives 'Digital' award for MOT computer
To the surprise of many Testing Station owners, if they had ever heard about it, recently the DVSA won an award for the recent computerisation project. The award, awarded by…
Thursday, 18 February 2016 14:49

GOV.UK propose new MOT notification service

GOV.UK propose new MOT notification service
GOV.UK propose new MOT notification service. GOV.UK, the government information website, is in the final stages of developing a general notification platform - 'GOV.UK Notify' - which all government agencies…
Friday, 12 February 2016 12:57

Scam email warning for DVSA customers

Scam email warning for DVSA customers
DVSA have sent out the following warning to customers: DVSA is warning the public of scam emails asking you to find your receipt attached. We’re aware that some members of…
Friday, 05 February 2016 09:39

New DVSA Chief Announced

New DVSA Chief Announced
Following the early departure last Autumn of DVSA Chief Alastair Peoples, it has been announced that his successor has been appointed. His name is Gareth Llewellyn who will take up…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 15:34

DVSA says half of MOT fails could be avoided

Half of MOT fails could be avoided DVSA is encouraging motorists to avoid MOT fails by carrying out simple vehicle checks. The latest MOT testing data for Great Britain shows…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 15:36

'MOT complaints' form now online

It's always best to discuss your MOT pass or fail withthe garage first, but if you are still unhappy, ask for a form on which to complain. DVSA have now made the form available online.
Previously if motorists wished to complain about an MOT which had just been carried out on their vehicle they would need to approach a garage employee and ask for the…
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 14:58

MOT Forum members meet Transport Minister

MOT Testing Magazine Editor and MOT Forum Chairman Jim Punter met with Transport Minister Andrew Jones to discuss the MOT industry's views on forthcoming MOT changes.
Members of the MOT Trade Forum met with the Transport Minister, Andrew Jones MP, responsible for MOT Testing, at the Houses of Parliament on 10th November. They met with the…
Emissions testing: a time and money-wasting farce?
The ramifications of the Volkswagen emissions deceit are ongoing and will probably be felt for some time. Whether it is to be believed that it came as anything like the…
The MOT Contingency Test document. Motorists should keep a copy of this with their vehicle to show to the police if stopped.
As has now been reported widely both in the national press and the broadcast media earlier this week, the new online MOT Testing system failed catastrophically. Testing Stations have been…
Tuesday, 18 August 2015 20:50

Catastrophic MOT computer failure

Thousands of MOT Testing businesses and motorists have been delayed and frustrated by a second day of disruption caused by the MOT computer failure.
After being switched off for a day of 'maintenance’ on Sunday16th August, DVSA’s own new MOT computer catastrophically failed when it was switched back on on Monday 17th August. But…
BBC Radio 5 Money's Guy Kilty interviews MOT Testing Magazine's Jim Punter on the MOT computer breakdown.
MOT Testing Magazine's editor Jim Punter was interviewed this evening by BBC Radio 5 Live's Guy Kilty, on the catastrophic failure of the new web-based MOT Testing computer. It is…
George Osborne proposes to extend the period before a vehicle's first MOT from three years to four.
Given that every Government since around 2005 have had a hanker to tinker with the MOT, primarily to take it from annually to every two years, we were anticipating yet…
Thursday, 28 May 2015 08:21

A new era begins for the MOT Test

DVSA's Chief Executive Alastair Peoples and MOT Scheme Modernisation Head Neil Barlow review the new web-based MOT software building progress.
DVSA begins rollout of new “web-based” MOT system MOT Testing Magazine editor Jim Punter spoke to DVSA’s Neil Barlow, the DVSA official responsible for the new ‘Online MOT Computer’ project.…
The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has issued the following vehicle safety recalls list. The list details vehicles which have been recalled due to a fault being found after…
Branning’s car clocking con could get him banged-up
HPI highlights the dangers of buying a clocked car, as seen on EastEnders HPI, the provider of the HPI Check, is warning used car buyers to beware of fraudsters, turning…
Motorists may pay dearly for telematic systems
As many motorists already know, modern cars have computers which, from time to time can go wrong and cause problems with their cars. Such problems from doors not unlocking correctly,…
Police or DVSA officials may stop motorists and issue a prohibition notice for certain serious defects
It is a little known fact that certain trained policemen are employed to randomly pull cars and light vehicles over and check them for defects, and especially defects that could…
British Car Auctions 'Pulse' report indicates a strong used car market
Latest BCA Pulse reports shows continuing strong used car market Blackbushe, 6th August 2014 – Released on the same day as the SMMT revised its forecasts for new car sales…
Sunday, 01 June 2014 21:38

New EU MOT rules starting from 2017

New EU MOT  rules starting from 2017
Despite sweeping changes to the MOT Test demanded by the EU which took effect at the beginning of 2012, even more far reaching changes will take affect after 2017. For… – putting the “specs” back into used cars is a new motoring website that allows buyers, sellers or owners of vehicles to look up the manufacturer mpecs, optional equipment, market valuation, running costs and MOT history on…
  Withdrawal of authority to do MOT Testing The Agency responsible for controlling and monitoring the activities of MOT Testing Stations and their MOT Testers, the Driver and Vehicle Services…
Cataclean Global Ltd says motorists can help prevent problems with diesel particulate filters by using its product.
Liverpool based engine care company Cataclean Global Ltd says motorists can help prevent costly and unnecessary problems with Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF – see factfile) by using its low cost,…
Thursday, 05 December 2013 19:58

VOSA is no more – all hail the DVSA!

VOSA (previously the Vehicle Inspectorate) has merged with the Driving Standards Agency.
  Since the Driving Standards Agency, the DSA, has now merged with the Vehicle Operator and Services Agency (VOSA), effective from April 2014, a name change was inevitable. The combined…
While diesel vehicles are given an emission Test, the presence of a diesel particulate filter is currently not checked for the MOT.
In a move designed to ensure that Britain is compliant with EU law, the Department for Transport announced this week that from February next year (2014), MOT Testers will have…
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 18:19

MOT Fee frozen until 2015

Robert Goodwill has announced that there will be no MOT Fee increase until 2015
Despite being in extended consultation with members of the MOT Trade Forum regarding a review of the MOT fee for 2014 – suddenly 'out of the blue', a surprise announcement…
Friday, 23 August 2013 07:48

MOTs for Caravans?

Caravans are unlikely to need an MOT into the near future – and in the unlikely event it does happen, sorting out the practicalities means it will be long into the future.
News reports about Caravans requiring MOTs are somewhat premature. True, the EU Parliament have reinstated the need to Test Caravans in their own itinerary after the Commission were forced to…
A Testing-only park in Spain (ITV). If their vehicle fails, the motorist must take their vehicle away to be repaired, then return and pay for another Test.
EU wants to 'split' MOTs and repairs… UK motorists would be massively inconvenienced by the EU's latest MOT proposals Many EU member states recently rejected a raft of 'new MOT…
Monday, 04 March 2013 16:40

Changes to Annual Vehicle Testing

VOSA Chief Executive Alastair Peoples: "VOSA have worked closely with the Industry…"
Changes to the MOT for cars and large vehicle tests come into force later this month as new European requirements on roadworthiness take effect. From 20 March 2013, revised European…
Stephen Hammond MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport
On Thursday 13th December, Stephen Hammond, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport and responsible for MOT Testing, announced an open consultation about services provided to motorists by Government. More broadly…
Thursday, 13 December 2012 14:35

Government backs Motor Codes

Government backs Motor Codes
Response to Motorists' Forum Report recommends garages sign up to OFT-approved codes of practice Chris Mason, Motor Codes' Managing Director announced:  "It's hugely positive news for consumers that government has…
Monday, 26 November 2012 22:11

The Rise of Vehicle Telematics

The Rise of Vehicle Telematics
The Rise and Rise of Vehicle Telematics and its Impact on an Unprepared Global Independent Aftermarket Hall 2.0 Stand B60 Automechanika - GERMANY, September 11th 2012 – TRW Automotive Aftermarket…

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