Authorised Examiners B Issue Date March 2019 27 MOT testing have followed the in year training requirement and have passed the annual assessment. A procedure needs to be in place to check that at least a sample of MOTs are checked to ensure that the correct routines and procedures are followed and that the correct standards are applied. a. An AE may consider implementing an assurance approach which could include a third party or Trade representative. Any third party should cover aspects relating to MOT test standards and the administrative management of the MOT business. Alternative approaches could be to nominate an experienced and well regarded tester to conduct the assurance checks, to rotate the responsibility across the team or to partner with neighbouring garages. It would be expected that all those carrying out assurance checks should be trained as MOT testers. The key factor in whatever approach is to ensure that all testers have a proportion of tests rechecked by someone who is independent of that tester – so they can have some degree of objectivity. b. The frequency of checks may typically be expected to be 1 per tester every 2 months. However, this is based on the average garage throughput of 2-3 tests per day for experienced testers – so should be varied to reflect the volume of tests done or any other special circumstances – such as the experience of testers. For example if a tester is inexperienced or doing twice the average of 2-3 tests per day you should consider increasing the checks to once a month. c. Where a VTS has one Tester it is expected that the AE should also have in place a suitable means of assuring the quality of testing This could include using a rd party assessor, a reciprocal arrangement with a local VTS. Where this is not possible other methods should be used to ensure the quality of testing e.g. the use of test quality reports to check the testers own performance against the national statistics, noting reasons for differences and any action taken if appropriated. The assurance processes in place should be subject to regular review, this will enable an AE to monitor the effectiveness and if necessary make changes where required. e. Assurance checks should include the operation of the VTS and the test quality of the MOT tests carried out by the Testers at the VTS. f. Whoever is conducting the quality assurance check i) Closely watch all parts of the test as they are carried out or ii) Closely observe the testing process, and conduct a full reexamination of the vehicle to check standards application. g. Once the Tester has completed the test, which will be the subject of a QC check any difference in the test result, test standards or observed defects must be discussed and resolved prior to confirmation of the test result on the MOT Testing Service. h. The result of the assurance check must be recorded – including any agreed action. That agreed action could be additional training, a garage development session or any other appropriate action. The key thing here is to show that corrective action is taken. i. Where unusually high numbers of failings are found – then it would be expected that the frequency of checks is increased until such time as it is evidenced that the problem has now been solved.