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Suspension of Refresher Courses

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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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