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A new video demonstrating some of the main features of the new MOT testing service has been released by DVSA.
Called the New MOT testing service demo, the video takes viewers through the main screens of the new service which will go live in 2015.
The screens on show will form the foundation of the new web-based service and are based on feedback DVSA has received from members of the MOT trade.
However, there could be minor changes made to the designs by the time the new service goes live as DVSA receives more feedback from the trade.
The video doesn't cover everything in one go and DVSA plans to release further information in 2015 to show how each section of the new system and its screens will work.

The video can be viewed on the following link New MOT testing service demo and any questions or suggestions should be emailed to DVSA at
DVSA is also asking Authorised Examiners (AEs) and Nominated Testers (NTs) to check and update the email addresses they have listed within their VTS device.
This is to make sure the agency can contact and send them relevant information about the switchover to the new service which will take place between April and August 2015.
Instructions on how to update these VTS details are available on the MOT Modernisation: update your VTS device details page on the GOV.UK website.

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You have probably seen and read Special Notice 7-2014, but we just want to draw to your attention that there was no discussion with DVSA regarding the suspension of Refresher courses. Indeed the last discussion on this subject was a proposal to change from 5 year down to three. I have checked with all the other trade bodies that attend joint meetings with the DVSA and all confirm that they have no recollection of this subject being raised.
The only reason that can be thought of is that there is no link in the new system to allow NTs to book on line and without that a whole new process will need to be created. This is yet another example of the new system as it now stands is purely to produce VT20s and VT30s without any management back up available to AEDMs. We have already been officially told that there will be no recording via the new system of internal QCs, nor will there be recording and monitoring of calibrations.
The reason for this would appear to be that any co-operation between ATOS and the DVSA is now non existent.
If this is the case, then will the reports be available that enable you and your staff to ensure that you are running a VTS to DVSA standards and are being paid for all tests undertaken? That the NT you employ is who he says he is and has no previous record with the DVSA?
It is becoming a matter of great concern that the industry are going to be given a shell replacement with additions to be developed when the roll out is completed. The question then must be as to how long these developments will take. It is now over six years since “Comp2” was announced and it would appear that all we will get is the absolute basic system which could well be a criminals charter and the biggest threat to road safety since before the introduction of the MOT.
As further information is available you will be informed.

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DVSA to contact garages and testers over coming weeks

DVSA will be getting in touch with garage owners and their testers over the coming weeks as part of its plans to bring in the new MOT testing system by September 2015.

It’s MOT Modernisation Project will be sending Authorised Examiners (AEs) and Nominated Testers (NTs) VTS messages asking them to verify their contact and other MOT details.

This will make sure it can quickly and easily get in touch with the members of the MOT trade ahead of the new web-based system being rolled-out next year.

The initial contact will include full advice and guidance on what information will need to provided and will be followed up by further details about the switchover process over the coming months on:

•    DVSA’s MOT Modernisation section on the GOV.UK website
•    DVSA’s Matters of Testing blog
Going forward, the easiest way to pick up information about MOT Modernisation is by signing up for email alerts from the blog with full instructions available on the following link - MOT Modernisation email alerts.
During the sign-up process, please make sure you provide as many of your MOT details as possible as this will make sure DVSA sends you the information you need.

If you have any questions or suggestions about the new IT specification or the new system email your feedback to

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Below is a piece of information that appeared on the DVSA “blog” which was news to the Club and had not been previously discussed with the trade bodies. Many of you will remember when this was an annual event and every NT was subjected to it.
As it was discontinued due to the austerity measures, ie short staff, a situation that has not improved. Enquiries will be made as to the reinstatement and you will be informed accordingly.
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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