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MOT Update October 2018 – Changes to the MOT Inspection Manual

MOT Update October 2018 – Changes to the MOT Inspection Manual

28 September 2018

Changes to the MOT Inspection Manual – Special Notice 11-18

A new special notice was released on 10th September which announced that the DVSA were making changes to the MOT inspection manuals from 13th September. This included clarifying and improving the wording of some defects, changing the category of some defects, and adding new defects.

All MOTs must now follow the new standards, and you can read the full list of changes in the special notice here.

If you have previously purchased an RMI MOT Annual Training Workbook, be aware that in some circumstances this information updates and replaces the content in the book.

You can download the relevant amendment sheet below to ensure you have the latest information:

MOT Annual Training Workbook Amendment Sheet for Group A (Class 1 & 2)

MOT Annual Training Workbook Amendment Sheet for Group B (Class 3, 4, 5 & 7)

Downloads are also available in the IGA Members Area and on the RMI Academy website.

If you experience any problems with the changes, please give us a call.

Updates to the MOT Testing Guide – Section H

The following updates were made to Section H of the MOT Testing Guide on 6th September:

  • Terminology change of ‘Inspector’ to ‘Issuer’
  • Removal of line ‘Do not register the vehicle for a subsequent test with the correct details, as this will leave an incorrect record on the database and cost an additional test slot’ on page 97 6b iv Replacement certificates

Click here to read the current (sixth) edition of the MOT Testing Guide.

Updated guidance on hybrid, electric and hydrogen fuel cell systems

On 12th September the DVSA removed information within their guidance for MOT testers on hybrid, electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles stating that testers should call DVSA for advice before carrying out an MOT on a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.

The guidance states that “trying to repair these vehicles without the right knowledge carries a danger of death” so we highly recommend that your technicians have training on these types of vehicles.

Hybrid/Electric Vehicle Awareness and Safety, Electric/Hybrid Vehicles Routine Maintenance Activities Level 2, and Hybrid/Electric Vehicle Repair Level 3 courses are available to IGA members. Call the direct member helpline number or 0845 305 4230 to book a course or find out more.

Matters of Testing blog – Security cards and garage risk ratings

Neil Barlow, DVSA MOT Service Manager, has written a new update on the Matters of Testing blog. As well as covering new clearer wording and defect descriptions in the MOT Inspection manual detailed above, updates were given on security cards and garage risk ratings.

On security cards:

“In my last blog post, I let you know that we’re looking to improve the way security cards work, to make the system more secure and easier to use.

This includes:

  • making our password policy stronger
  • making our recovery security question and answers harder to guess
  • reducing the number of times you’ll need to enter your security card PIN each day
  • increasing our proactive monitoring of suspicious activities, to prevent fraudulent use of the security cards
  • switching off the ability for your browser to autofill your password and user ID

Making your passwords stronger

To begin with, we’re looking at how we can make sure the passwords you’re choosing are stronger by banning very common and easy to guess passwords. We’ll be introducing a maximum of 7 days that you can be without a card and log in with security questions. After 7 days, you will need to use your security card. We’re also be preventing the use of the same answer for both security questions.

Another thing we’re doing is looking into ways we can securely reduce the number of times you need to enter your PIN every day, as we know this can be very time-consuming.

We’re working on a solution so that you will only need to log in with your security card once a day. The system will then remember your details, so you won’t need to re-enter your PIN unless something like your browser or device has changed since you first logged in.

We’re aiming to make most the changes live by 3 and 4 October, and we’ll let you know more soon.”

On garage risk ratings:

“Something else we’ve been working on recently is garage risk ratings. I explained more about what we’re improving and why in my last update. We’ve nearly completed this work now, and we’ve been busy training our staff on how to carry out the new risk ratings in the past few months.

So, from later in the autumn if you have a site assessment, the way it’s carried out will be different.

How the new assessment will work

We’ll be focusing more on compliance and the test itself so our examiners will be carrying out more checks on recently tested vehicles. We’ll also be doing a shorter check on systems and processes in the garage, which will be called a site review.

The purpose of the site review is to ensure the vehicle testing station is following principles that promote good quality testing, we will focus on 4 areas:

  • basic compliance
  • management control and quality control
  • premises and equipment
  • people’s training and their skills

Each area will be then marked as either:

  • satisfactory
  • improvement needed
  • unsatisfactory

The site review outcome will combine the result of the vehicle re-inspection (if carried out), previous disciplinary history of the testers and the authorised examiner and data captured from the testing service. This will then be displayed on the MOT testing service as a rating of red, amber or green.

You’ll be able to view the outcome of the site review of the testing service and see the areas where improvement might be needed.

Risk ratings for testers

As part of this work, we’re also looking at risk rating testers, using data from the testing service and disciplinary history. Testers will be able to see their rating in their profile. The testers rating is personal to them and will not be displayed to site managers or authorised examiner (AE). However, some AEs may choose to ask prospective employees to share it.

We’ll let you know more about the launch of this soon. As part of this, we’ll be creating a short guide to replace the current guide to risk reduction – which will focus on the things that are expected of a well-run MOT garage.”

You can read the full blog post and leave a comment for the DVSA here.