MOT Update – November 2019
The DVSA have released Special Notice 05-19, stating that they are updating the rules and guidance about convictions and repute in the MOT scheme from today (1st November 2019).
DVSA Head of MOT Policy Chris Price said: “DVSA’s priority is helping everyone keep their car safe to drive. We’re always looking for ways to make our processes less complicated and more secure. Bringing in DBS checks for MOT managers and owners helps us do this. For DVSA, it means we can protect the integrity of the MOT, and it makes the process simpler for applicants. That’s a win-win.”
The new rules below replace all existing guidance and are now a new appendix in the MOT testing guide:
If you get a conviction
From 1 November 2019, you must tell DVSA immediately if you get a conviction where one of the following is imposed:
- a prison sentence (or suspended sentence) of 3 months or more
- a fine exceeding level 4 on the standard scale (currently £2,500)
- a community service order (or equivalent) requiring unpaid work for more than 60 hours
- any punishment outside the UK equivalent to these points
This applies to:
- MOT testers
- authorised examiner principals (AEPs) - that is, sole traders, every partner in a partnership, or every director in a company
- authorised examiner (AE) designated managers (AEDMs)
- AE delegates (AEDs)
- site managers
- site admins
2. Basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
From 1 November 2019, DVSA will change the way it checks people during the process to apply to open, run or change an MOT centre. This will formalise the process and protect the integrity of the MOT.
At the moment, you have to send countersigned photographs as part of the application process. This will stop.
Instead, you’ll have to:
- sign a declaration that you do not have any convictions
- provide a basic DBS check to support this
This applies to:
- AEPs - that is, sole traders, every partner in a partnership, or every director in a company
- AE designated managers (AEDMs)
The application form to open, run or change an MOT centre will be updated on 1 November 2019 with the new process.
What the basic DBS check does
The basic DBS check will:
- check your identity using GOV.UK Verify
- show any unspent convictions you have
If you’re already authorised
You do not need to do anything if you’re already authorised.
DVSA will only ask you to send a DBS check for any additions or changes to your authorisation. You might also be asked to do this as part of an appeal against any disciplinary action that has been taken against you.
DVSA also announced on 31st October 2019 that they are now applying the rules for incorrect test standards for motorcycles more rigorously.
They have stated:
“This is because motorcycles have fewer parts and missed defects on a motorcycle may have a greater impact on road safety than a similar item on a car or van.
For every failure item a tester misses when carrying out a test, 20 disciplinary points are given. 50 points or more in a single case can lead to short term cessation. This is shown in Appendix 8.6 of the MOT testing guide.
We randomly check both car and motorcycle MOTs to make sure tests are being carried out correctly and following appropriate procedure. This includes mystery shopper tests with defects.
We’re not changing the current rules, just the way we apply them. Cases will still be reviewed on their own merits and sanctions to testers and authorised examiners will be applied as we deem necessary.”
If you have any further questions on any of the new rules, please call the IGA Direct Member Helpline or 0845 305 4230.