Mot testing guide: a handbook for scheme administration

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Public service vehicles (PSVs).
1 See Note 7
Goods Vehicles over 3,000 kg up to and including 3,500 kg DGW
3 See Note 6, 10 and 12

The MOT Testing Guide
Issue Date March 2019 11
Note 1: For the purpose of calculating the seating capacity on a passenger carrying vehicle fitted with bench type seats, allow a length of 400 mm measured horizontally for each seated passenger.
Note 2: Taxis included in this table are those which are not exempt from MOT testing – see Section Cb Note 3
: Please refer to the appropriate MOT Inspection Manual to find out the minimum number of seat belts required on a particular age and type of vehicle.
Note 4: Class A tests may only be carried out at class 5 test stations.
Note 5: Spark ignition engine vehicles within Class 5 and 7 first used on or after 1 August 1994 can be tested only by VTSs that have fully complied with the requirements set out in the Requirements for Authorisation Pack.
Note 6: This Guide does not cover the testing of class 6 and a vehicles. These vehicles are tested by DVSA testers and are carried out at DVSA Testing Stations and other designated premises.
Note 7: If the vehicle is electrically powered, their unladen weight must not include the weight of the batteries.
Note 8: If there is doubt about the power output or the weight of the vehicle, the presenter must provide documentary evidence.
Note 9: Some class 5 vehicles can be tested at a class 7 test station providing the test station is approved to test class L Private Passenger Vehicles with a design gross weight of no more than 5000 kg. Class Lb does not
include any vehicle, which is required to undergo a seatbelt installation check. Vehicles requiring this installation test must be presented at a Class 5 station authorised to carryout these checks.
Note 10: Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles maybe subject to additional local requirements.
Note 11: If a vehicle is presented with a manufacturer’s plate and a Ministry plate the weights to be used are those on the Ministry plate’.
Note 12: 4 x 4 pickup vehicles with a DGW over kg up to and including kg are to be considered dual purpose vehicles for test purposes where no unladen weight data is available.
Note 13: American pickup means a motor vehicle with a manufacturer’s declaration (on a plate on the vehicle) that it meets the motor vehicle safety standards applicable under the law in the United States of America or Canada(c) and a) is capable of carrying a driver and at least one passenger bis capable of carrying goods in an open load bed separate from the driver/passenger compartment, with or without a removable cover and c) has a gross design weight over kg but does not exceed kg

The MOT Testing Guide

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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