3.1 General 1 AEs are held fully responsible for the actions of their staff and others acting on their behalf or with their agreement, all such staff must be adequately supervised and fully conversant with their testing duties. Fora partnership or company, all partners or directors and officers of the company are equally responsible. Each authorised entity is required to have an Authorised Examiner Designated Manager (AEDM) (see Section 7). The responsibilities of Testers are set out in Section E. 2 Every new AE is required to have at least one person, the AEDM, who has attended a DVSA approved MOT Managers Course (see Section 7.1). 3 AEs must notify DVSA, in writing or by email, of any criminal conviction of the AE, one of its partners, directors or officers of the company whether or not the conviction arises from action related to the authorisation as soon as practicable. A criminal conviction is a judgement made by a court that a person or company is guilty of any offence. The penalty imposed may range from an absolute discharge through to imprisonment. 4 AEs must, as soon as practicable, notify DVSA, in writing or by email, of convictions of any of their Testers for an offence that is either directly connected with their MOT testing activities, that may have a bearing on the MOT Service, or that involved acts of violence or intimidation. 5 The extent of an AE's liability for vehicle damage is set out in Regulation 14 (1) of the Motor Vehicles (Tests) Regulations 1981 (SI 1981 No 1694) as amended. AEs must not display disclaimers against liability for loss, damage or injury caused while vehicles are in their custody for MOT tests and must ensure that no vehicle presenter is asked to sign any such disclaimer. Appendix 4 describes fully the scope of AE's liabilities. 6 AEs are advised to be members, or become members, of a Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) approved code of practice. Details of approved codes can be found on the TSI website. Membership of an approved code requires compliance with certain standards and trading ethics and DVSA may consider such VTS as low risk MOT operations, resulting in reduced regulatory checks. DVSA is committed to providing the public with information relating to Vehicle Testing Stations in order that they are able to make an informed choice and part of this information will include details of any code membership.