Mot testing guide: a handbook for scheme administration

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Issue Date March 2019 88
E1 General E Eligibility for becoming a Tester
Intention to Refuse the Application to Become a Tester
Disqualification of a Tester from Driving
Restricted Driving Licences for Testers
Non UK Licences
E3 Ongoing Requirements E Impersonating a Tester

The MOT Testing Guide

Issue Date March 2019 89
1. Testers are those persons appointed by Authorised Examiners (AE) and approved by
DVSA to carryout MOT tests to the correct standards, register tests onto the MOT Testing Service prior to starting a test and confirm test results when completed. The Tester must personally make all the decisions regarding testable items. Similarly, Inspectors employed by Designated Councils (DCIs) will be treated in the same way as Testers employed by
2. Before prospective Testers and those returning to testing are permitted to carryout tests they must satisfy DVSA that they meet the relevant criteria set out in E have been issued with an MOT Security Card and have successfully completed the relevant training and demonstration tests detailed in Appendix 6.
3. A Tester maybe assigned to more than one VTS. Where a Tester is assigned to other
VTSs Testers must ensure that the correct test location is selected on MOT Testing Service prior to starting a test.
4. A Tester may commence testing following the AEDM or Site Manager of that VTS assigning them the Tester role at that VTS via the MOT Testing Service. Even if the Tester is still testing at another VTS it is the AE’s responsibility to ensure that all Testers on their list of Testers remain fully competent. This includes ensuring Testers have completed their annual Tester training and assessment and successfully completed their annual assessments, are fully familiar with the equipment at the particular VTS and are up to date with any changes. AEs cannot assume that a previous AE has done this. The AE of each
VTS is responsible for any breach of the standards for tests at their own VTS, regardless of the contractual arrangements with their Testers.
5. If a Tester ceases to be actively involved in MOT testing (whether due to a change of duties, employment or location or for any other reason) the appropriate person must update the MOT Testing Service. A person carrying out Quality Control checks as specified in Section Bis considered to be actively involved. In addtion the AEDM must immediately inform DVSA in writing or by email that a Tester has died, in order to prevent any further correspondance and/or reminders being issued to that Tester.
6. An individual shall cease to be a Tester, where they become a patient within the meaning of Part VIII of the Mental Health Actor, in Scotland, becomes incapable of managing their own affairs
7. An individual shall cease to be a Tester at a particular VTS, where the relevant AE revokes the appointment of that Tester. The AE can revoke the appointment of a Tester at anytime. In the case of a multi-site AE, this maybe from all sites, a selection of sites, or a single site.
8. Using the MOT Testing Service a Tester may remove their name from the list of testers at a VTS, this can also be done by the AEDM or Site Manager. In exceptional circumstances the Tester may request in writing or via email if preferred that DVSA remove their name.
9. Testers must notify DVSA, in writing or by email, of convictions for an offence that is either directly connected with MOT testing activities, that may have a bearing on the MOT Service or involving acts of violence or intimidation as soon as practicable see Section E paragraph
10. Testers must ensure that personal details recorded within their MOT Testing Service User profile are correct and kept up to date. Any changes to their details can be made by the Tester via the Service or in exceptional circumstances by contacting the DVSA Customer Service Centre. The Testers profile must also include a unique current email address.

The mot testing
Foreword issue date march 2019 1
Availability and maintenance of the guide
Abbreviations & definitions
Department (the)
Group ab collectively describes test classes 1 and 2 group b
Mot testing service
Vrm vehicle registration mark. vts
The class a testis the normal class 4 test with the addition of
The class a testis the normal class 5 test with the addition of
A2.2 dual purpose vehicles
A2.4 living vans
Note: if the motor tricycle has an unladen weight not
Authorised examiners
B2 training
B3 cessation of authorisation and other changes to businesses
Transfer of records following cessation
Independence of new aes
B4 general responsibilities
Premises and equipment
Liability for vehicle damage
Decline to test
Abandoned and aborted tests
Retests (reexaminations)
Note: a pass result must not be
Use of testing stations by dvsa
Designated councils, taxis and private hire vehicles c
C2 taxis and private hire vehicles
Requirements for authorisation
Who is eligible to become an authorised examiner
Testing responsibilities
Cessation for disciplinary reasons
Changes to businesses
How to apply to become an ae
Receipt of application by dvsa
Additional requirements before a site is authorised to test
Internet connection requirements
Printer requirements
Timing of training
Validity of training
Application enclosures.
Requirements for premises
Equipment requirements.
Mot testing signs and notices.
Equipment awaiting approval
Headlamp aim testing.
Brake testing
Weighing equipment
Underside inspection.
Plate brake tester.
Diesel engine emissions.
Premises, test bay and equipment layout.
Diesel engine emissions
Brake testing.
Plate brake tester
Emissions testing equipment.
Intention to refuse the authorisation of a tester
E3 ongoing requirements
Complaints regarding dvsa
H2 special notices
Vt01 - application for mot authorisation or a variation to mot authorisation
Vt9a - vehicle testing classes, fees and appeals poster
Replacement test documentation
Vt32 – advisory notice
Welsh language policy
H5 retention of documentation
Discipline i
Underlying principles - testers
Underlying principles - authorised examiners
Disciplinary action - how it can arise
Points evaluation
Formal discipline
Normal level of action
Subject appendix
Notice of cessation
Period of cessation for testers
Vehicle prohibitions
J2 role of the vts
Police vehicle defect rectification scheme
K2 vehicle defect form
K3 role of the vts
Accounts and fees
L2 retest fees
L3 duplicate, replacement and exchange certificate fees
L4 value added tax, credit card payments and appeal fees
Methods of paying for slots:
System rules and user roles
Roles and responsibilities
Non-mandatory roles
How to organise roles within an authorisation
Sole trader or partnership with more than one vts.
Contingency review procedures
Note: do not disclose your password to anyone
Examples of contingency testing documentation
Authorising ct
Contingency testing incident code
Vehicle registration process during contingency testing
Mot contingency testing procedures
Catch up must be completed as soon as the service becomes available again.
Incomplete tests prior to ct
Mot manager training
B. timing of training
D. apply for training
Assessments in the course
Authorised examiners in receivership etc.
Facilities and security
Equipment calibration
Portable appliance testing
Frequency and location of calibration
Roller and plate brake testers, atl and motorcycle weighing facilities, and
Decelerometers and salter brake testers
Roller and plate brake testers, and headlamp aim testers
Exhaust gas analysers
Atl weighing facility
Diesel smoke meter
Calibration by vehicle test stations
Hardware requirements
Liability for loss or damage
Tester qualifications
National craft certificate
Business and technician educational council
Tester training and demonstration tests
Training and demonstration test requirements
Not in use appendix
Appendix 8.5 credits
Fraud, dishonesty or gross negligence
Cessation without previous warning
Additional very serious offences for testers
Penalty points
Split testing
Incorrect test methods
Incorrect operation of testing scheme
Description of item
A. credits for training
B. credits for proven satisfactory testing
Credits appendix
Normal sanction level – authorised examiner appendix 8.7
Informal hearings
Requests fora hearing
Conduct of the hearing.
Notice of cessation - effective date of cessation
Major and minor errors
Section 1 brake controls brakes
Section 1 parking brake mechanism. brakes
Section 3 view to rear
Supplementary tests for
Appendix 9 contact points
Change table
Implementation of eu directive 2014/45
Section nb bcontingency testing
Section db par 7.4
Section h documentation
Section d req for auth
Section h replacement test
Authorised examiner
Complaint about a test
Data protection. 28
Driving licence. 89
Index _____________________________________________________
Equipment calibration
Equipment calibration. 141
Headlamp aim testing
Incorrect operation of testing scheme
Incorrect test standards
Replacement test documentation. 97
Tester training
Tester training

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