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MOT Update - February 2016

MOT Update - February 2016

28 January 2016

Planned MOT testing service updates for 2016

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is busy carrying out the wider work to improve all aspects of the MOT testing service and scheme for the year ahead.

From the first week of February, garages and testers should start to notice changes to the layout of their site and personal profile pages within the MOT testing service over the coming weeks.

For example, users will see in-line links to the right-hand side of the email and phone number sections on their profile pages. They’ll be able to click on them to quickly update the relevant details depending on what roles they have.

This is all part of an overarching plan to make sure the service’s screens are as easy-to-use as possible and meet the Government’s website design standards

MOT trade feedback will also be used to improve the testing and other workflows to make sure they’re as intuitive as possible and meeting users’ needs and requirements.

This work is set to take place going forward and is all part of the agency’s plans to put garages and testers at the centre of the service’s design process.

Changes to MOT training

The next major MOT scheme overhaul in the pipeline is planned replacement of the old MOT tester refresher course with a new annual training programme from April 2016.

The agency has again asked the MOT trade what they want in terms of training and how best it can meet the needs of testers and their employers.

So following feedback it’s decided the new ‘MOT annual training’ will work on a continuing professional development (CPD) model and has just published details about this on its new Changes to MOT training page on the GOV.UK website.

Once this is in place, the agency is also looking to alter its approach to ‘new entrant’ tester and manager training with details due to be announced later this year.

MOT guide and manuals update

Over the same period of time there are also plans to create improved online and up-to-date versions of the MOT testing guide and the various MOT inspection manuals.

It’s looking to create easier to understand and more useable web-based versions of these document which users will be able to access directly through the MOT testing service.

The aim is to achieve this by improving the guide’s layouts and online design as well as looking at its overall wording.

These are just some of the things which are currently visible on the horizon for MOT testing service users and the surrounding MOT industry.

Last year’s launch of the ‘MOT testing service’ was just the start of DVSA’s plans to modernise the MOT and there’s a lot more work it wants to carry out before 2016 is through.

To keep up to date with the planned changes to the MOT testing service and scheme sign up for email alerts from the agency’s Matters of Testing blog and keep an eye the MOT testing service section of the GOV.UK website.