During the MOT Tester annual assessment this year,Testers find they are being tested on aspects of the DVSA disciplinary process, which many of them feel is irrelevant to their ability to carry out a competent MOT.
[We raised this issue directly with DVSA and have now received a response, which is published at the end of this article.]
We were recently contacted by an MOT Tester who asked us why DVSA are asking detailed questions about disciplinary point scoring which of itself plays no part at all in testing a Tester’s ability to conduct a good quality MOT inspection. Here’s what he had to say:
I am writing to you about the latest Annual Assessment.
As an MOT Tester only, I have found it really irrelevant and a waste of time to have been reading up on the details of the MOT Inspection, and then being tested on the subject of ‘discipline’.
In my opinion, and that of my colleagues at work, and I would assume that of the majority of MOT Testers, is that time and effort spent on learning and refreshing on actual MOT Testing standards would be more productive and more effective.
We all know if we do something wrong, whether by mistake, error of judgment etc, that we will have DVSA on our backs in one way or another. Until that happens, I don’t see what the point is of my knowing what points will be awarded for this or that transgression, or how long cessation will last for different things I might do wrong.
On top of that why ask “trick” questions so as to cause confusion? At the end of the day we want to Test to the best of our ability and to follow the Testing Manual as best as possible. More should be done to make the Testing Manual easier to understand and follow. Currently It is nowhere near as clear and easy to follow as it used to be.
Everything is “higgletypigglty” and it is a real struggle to find things. Surely his should be addressed rather than trying to test us by confusing questions which I would imagine is a real struggle for those that have issues with academia and are not used to following complicated texts.
Attached are some of the questions from the ABC awards test which have no relevance at all to my ability to do a good MOT Test.“
At MOT Testing we hadn’t realised what was happening and asked him to send us a sample of the questions he was concerned about. Shown below are six such questions from the ABC version of the assessment questions.
And he’s right! The issues raised these questions relate more directly to the AE’s management of MOT staff than the actual execution of the Test by Testers. It is the AE who should be expected to understand the disciplinary outcomes in the Testing Guide as part of managing wider issues connected with operating the Testing Station. Perhaps such questions should appear in an Annual AE Assessment test!
The Testers’ Annual Assessment has historically (and correctly) focussed on the ability of the Tester to make sound decisions when carrying out an MOT Inspection, and to have a solid understanding of the content of the Testers’ Manual. Surely, now expecting Testers to start delving into the mysteries of the MOT Guide as well will detract from the primary main aim of the assessment, to confirm the Testers’ knowledge of the MOT inspection process?
We’ve heard that these questions have caused much consternation, anxiety and concern amongst Testers who have found the latest Assessment Test much more difficult than they expected, with many questions unconnected with the inspection itself. We invite the DVSA to ‘think again’ about the nature of the latest version of their Annual Assessment for Testers.
We have raised this with the DVSA, and as soon as we receive a response, we’ll let you know what they say.
Note: This year the Annual Assessment deadline for MOT Testers has been extended by DVSA to 30th April 2021.
Testers’ Annual Assessment – response from DVSA
Further comment from our editor Jim Punter: