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Thursday, 22 June 2017 11:59

New MOT Guide published

The revision to the MOT Guide is long overdue, and addresses many anachronisms.The revision to the MOT Guide is long overdue, and addresses many anachronisms.

At long last DVSA have this morning issued Special Notice 3 – 2017 entitled, “Revision of the MOT Testing Guide 6th edition”.

This is long overdue, the old Guide still referring to the old Atos computer system, and DVSA’s own training provisions, both now long gone. The main changes are under the following headings:

Terminology: VOSA is now DVSA, Nominated Testers are now just "Testers", and MOT Computerisation is now just – "The MOT Testing Service".

Training: The changes here reflect the fact that all MOT Training is now supplied commercially, the provisions for Annual Training and Assessment, other training issues, and specifically the removal of the NTTA test for new Testers without appropriate qualifications.

Demonstration Tests: Here there is a significant change. Rather than the Vehicle Examiner either passing or failing a newly ‘qualified’ Tester when performing a demonstration Test, the Tester will be scored on ‘minor’ and ‘major’ errors. Any major error is a failure, as are more than 6 minor errors across the whole demonstration Test. There’s also a limit to the number of minor errors section by section.

Contingency Testing: In effect the changes here reflect the differences between the old and the current computer system should there be a systemic problem rendering it impossible to use the MOT Service.

Quality management processes: The changes here are very detailed and will need to be scrutinised to fully understand the new provisions. See next and future editons of MOT Testing magazine.

Role changes of MOT Security Cards: This explains the use of the new security card and how role changes are effected.

VTS IT equipment: Equipment specification and AE responsibility to supply and maintain it.

MOT Status and History checks: New online criteria.

Contact points: A new MOT Testing Service help desk.

Removal of some sections of the Guide: Section A and Appendix 10 removed.

Notes: The key areas of significance for AEs and Testers are the changes to the Demonstration Test, and regarding Quality Management processes. We’ll be covering the changes in more detail in the next edition of MOT Testing magazine.

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UK MOT Testing Manuals Online


If you need more detailed information about the UK MOT Test, such as the method of inspection and reasons for failure, click on the relevant links below.

 UK MOT Testing Guide

If you want to become a Tester or to set up a Testing Station, what you need to do will be found in the Guide. It will also tell you how you will be expected to run the Testing Station and as a Tester what will happen if you do not carry out an MOT Test correctly – a disciplinary code.

UK Motorcycle Inspection Manual

The MOT examination for motorcycles is considerably more basic than that for cars and light commercial vehicles. This Manual covers the items checked, method of inspection and reasons for rejection.

UK Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Inspection Manual

This Manual covers the items checked, method of inspection and reasons for rejection for MOT Testing cars and light commercial vehicles.

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