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MOT Update – April 2022

MOT Update – April 2022

31 March 2022

MOT special notice 03-22: DBS checks for new and returning MOT testers

The DVSA published a new special notice on 1 March, telling you about how new and returning MOT testers will need to provide a basic disclosure certificate (also known as a DBS check) before carrying out a demonstration test from 1 April 2022:

“From 1 April 2022, some MOT testers will need to provide a basic disclosure certificate (also known as a DBS check) before they can carry out a demonstration test.

This change will apply to:

  • newly qualified MOT testers
  • suspended MOT testers (2 or 5 years) who want to return to testing
  • MOT testers who have not carried out an MOT test in the last 5 years

The disclosure check must be dated within 3 months of your DVSA demonstration test. For example, a certificate dated 21 February 2022 would not be acceptable for a demonstration test booked for 30 May 2022.

Getting a disclosure check

The purpose of the basic check is to confirm a person’s identity and that they do not have any unspent convictions. This helps us to protect the integrity of the MOT scheme.

You can find out about how DVSA handles convictions and repute by reading Appendix 7: Convictions and repute of the MOT testing guide.

In England and Wales, disclosure checks are carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). New and returning MOT testers can request a basic DBS check.

In Scotland, disclosures checks are provided by Disclosure Scotland. New and returning MOT testers can apply for basic disclosure in Scotland.”

The information we need

Prior to or at the demonstration test, the Vehicle Examiner will accept:

  • a digital image or scanned copy of the disclosure check certificate
  • the certificate number and the check code (only available via the DBS check service for England and Wales)

Section E. Tester of the MOT testing guide for test stations will be updated on 2 March 2022.

Reviewing the Authorised Examiner Designated Manager (AEDM) role

The DVSA has published a new blog post on their Matters of Testing website to explain the changes to the AEDM role in further detail. Helen Jacquest writes:

“The role of a trained person to manage MOT garage activities was first introduced in 1995 and became known as the Authorised Examiner Designated Manager (AEDM) in 2005.

The AEDM’s role is really important, as they make sure that garages have the right approach and checks in place to maintain MOT test standards and procedures.

After consultation with the MOT industry, we’ve been working to make the responsibilities of the AEDM clearer.

As part of these changes, we’re also going to make the Authorised Examiner Principal (AEP) a formal role on the MOT testing service (MTS). New AEPs will get access to MTS for the first time and be able to see data relating to their Authorised Examiner (AE) and Vehicle Testing Station (VTS) records.

Making things clearer

We’re making changes to the AEDM position so it’s clearer what the AEDM is responsible for. This will help people that carry out the role to be more effective.

By making these changes, we’re recognising the importance of the AEDM role in the MOT service.

We know there is currently some confusion about who manages the AEDM role in a garage. It may be that the wrong person in the company has been trained for the job, or they’re not clear about what the role involves.

Some AEDMs are not accessing MTS, which means there are times when they’re not monitoring the MOT activities or they’re delegating the AEDM work to others.

This can lead to a lack of engagement by AEDMs, which affects the level of management and supervision in the MOT station.

Expanding who can be an AEDM

To address this, we’re changing the eligibility of the AEDM role. It can now be held by either:

  • an AEP
  • a senior manager in the business

This means that the AEDM no longer has to be an AEP, opening opportunities for more people to perform the AEDM role.

Better explanation of the AEDM role

We’ve updated the MOT testing guide to define the tasks and responsibilities of the AEDM role, as well as other roles in the MOT testing service.

We hope this will give you a clearer description of the roles and how they fit into the MOT testing service.

It’s important you have a look at these descriptions and familiarise yourself with them.

Action you may need to take

MOT garages who make a change to their approval (for example by adding or removing an AEP, or changing their AEDM) will need to complete a VT01 form.

Each AEP will also need to create a personal account on MTS.

Doing this will give the AEP access to MTS, which is a new feature we’re adding. AEPs will get to see data relating to their AE and VTS records.

Further changes

We’ll soon be consulting with the industry on further proposals for the development of the AEDM role. This will cover:

  • appropriate and proportionate sanctions
  • restrictions on the number of AEs an AEDM can represent
  • annual training and assessments for AEDMs

We’ll also look at how we can improve the other role descriptions in the MOT service. We’ll blog more about these upcoming changes in the next few months. In the meantime, please leave any questions you might have below and we’ll get back to you.”