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MOT Update - September 2021

MOT Update - September 2021

31 August 2021

Special Notice 04-21

DVSA published a new special notice on 20 August 2021 to provide important updates on the MOT Testing Guide, MOT Inspection Manual and Covid guidance. Please read the full release below and ensure that you have acknowledged it on the MTS:

1. MOT Inspection manual and new defects

The MOT inspection manuals (all classes) will be updated on 26 August 2021.

The MOT testing guide will be updated on 1 September 2021.

2. What has changed?

To read the full list of changes to the MOT inspection manuals go to ‘see all updates’ in the blue box at the top of each MOT inspection manual on 26 August 2021.

To read the full list of changes in the MOT testing guide go to the ‘change table’ on 1 September 2021.

3. Easing of Covid-19 guidance

In line with the recent easing of restrictions this special notice is to officially withdraw SN 02-20 and to notify you that we have removed all our published Covid-19 guidance.

Inspection procedures (use of assistants)

An assistant must be used for all front suspension checks as per the MOT testing guide and inspection manual, regardless of whether a defect is suspected or not.

This does not apply to one person test lanes.

Test certificates

The requirement to issue a paper VT20 pass certificate will now be optional. You may continue to issue a paper copy if you wish however there is not a requirement to do so, unless the customer makes a specific request to have one.

A paper VT30 fail certificate must always be issued. Including those generated as part of a PRS.

Customers can download and print certificates from the Check MOT history service, they will need the vehicle registration number and the 11-digit V5C reference number.

MOT viewing areas and noticeboards

By 31 August 2021;

  • MOT viewing areas must be reopened.
  • MOT noticeboards must be easily read by anyone submitting vehicles for test.”

MOT Phishing Warning

The DVSA has published a warning to testers about a new phishing scam:

“DVSA is aware that there is an ongoing attempt to get the login details of MOT testers. Testers have been contacted by someone pretending to be from DVSA, requesting user ID, passwords and potentially other personal information, threatening to immediately cease testing at a VTS for non-compliance.

It is sometimes really difficult to spot a phishing attack, but DVSA will never ask you for this information. The attackers will use a tight deadline, authority and mimicry (pretending to be from DVSA) in order to try to coerce you into divulging your credentials.

The attempts seem very well scripted, rehearsed and convincing.

If you receive a call like this, or have done recently, please let us know at mot@dvsa.gov.uk. We would like to hear if anyone has been contacted so we can understand what the attackers are trying to do and take further steps to thwart them. Information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Remember, think before you give out details which could be sensitive, seek advice from DVSA if you aren’t sure, and don’t panic if you do give out details.”

Open consultation: Changing the cost of DVSA services for 2021 to 2022

The DVSA is proposing to increase the fees paid for their services, including theory tests, driving tests and vehicle tests, to avoid a future shortfall in its funds and to allow it to fund future work to modernise its services.

Some of the proposed fee changes can be found below:

The consultation closes at 11:59pm on 2 September 2021. Read the full consultation and submit your response by clicking here.

Northern Ireland: Call for Evidence on the potential introduction of biennial MOT testing

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has launched a Call for Evidence to seek views that will inform a decision on the potential introduction of moving from annual to biennial (every two years) MOT testing for cars, light goods vehicles and motorcycles.

The Call for Evidence invites all those with an interest to provide evidence, including local, national and best practice examples, relevant data and views that could help shape vehicle testing policy on the frequency of testing. The Minister is keen to hear from individuals, groups, organisations, the automotive industry (particularly those involved in MOT preparation) and those with a specific interest in road safety or the environment.

You can read and respond to the Call to Evidence by clicking here. You must send in your views by 19 October 2021.