Threat of MOT cessation notices from the DVSA. What are the implications?

Threat of MOT cessation notices from the DVSA. What are the implications?

A very interesting email landed  the other day from the DVSA essentially threatening MOT cessation notices. The actual subject line was:

More rigorous application of rules for motorcycle MOT standards’

Why are the DVSA threatening a more rigorous application of the rules?

  • Is this a message for just bike testers or should everyone be paying attention?
  • Does that mean testers have been getting away with missing failure items and not being punished?
  • Has there been a spate of motorcycle accidents due to missed items?

Or is it just a storm in a teacup and someone feels the need to make a bit of noise to keep everyone in order?

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Standards in the MOT industry

Standards in the MOT industry are not what they should be and the DVSA know this. They are quite well aware that that the old methods of policing compliance are not good enough anymore. With reduced budgets it means everyone has to do more with less.  The DVSA included.  As Bob sang.

The times they are a-changing

Bob Dylan

The DVSA and data

The DVSA mines data. Your Data.

The DVSA collect enormous amounts of information which enables them to see exactly what is going on across the country in every testing station.  They have powerful algorithms to work out where the risk of non-compliance is highest. Before they even get to your MOT Centre, they already know what they are looking for or, more accurately, who they are looking for!

So those testers applying sloppy standards need to shape up.  Unfortunately, in the past poor testers have been able to hide within the herd despite the requirement for regular QC Checks.  This is not the case now the spotlight of data analysis is with us .

What went wrong?

Methods of policing standards in the past are not working in today’s environment.  As we all know you can’t expect different results from doing the same old thing. It follows that something needed to change.

It seems the DVSA wants to establish a new order. The days when the VE would come around, point out a few things that were not done properly, write a bit of a report, wrap some knuckles and then leave it for another three years is over. Targeted inspections are now the norm. They already know who they will be targeting.

The DVSA is no longer the toothless tiger

That email is a warning, and the message is clear. The VEs will now apply penalties to the letter of the law. More testers will become subject to formal warnings due to collecting 50 or more penalty points and short term cessations for 100 penalty points.  This does not just mean points for missed items, but any points amassed during a site inspection combined with any on the record.

The quickest way to raise standards is to get rid of the worst offenders.

The testers who are not, for whatever reason, delivering the correct outcome of an MOT test are living on borrowed time. At least that is how the DVSA want us to see it.  They will, it seems, be making all efforts to drive out the blaggers and charlatans as quickly as possible. I say good.

This industry has no place for testers who put peoples lives at risk due to their own stupidity and laziness.

What is the future?

Garage owners, AEs, AEDMs in fact anyone with a vested interest in running a profitable MOT testing bay needs to take notice. More data collection and more data analysis mean more targeted visits from Vehicle Examiners. It follows that ‘More rigorous application of rules for motorcycle MOT standards’ will result in more penalty points being awarded and more cessation notices.

Is this the thin end of the wedge?

Some would argue we are already a long way down the wedge but yes, I think it is. Rigorous application of the rules means only one thing.  The DVSA mean business and poor standards do not stop with motorcycle testing.  Expect to see more cessations over the coming month and years.  I think there is also the possibility of fines creeping in.  What better way for the DVSA to pay for all that expensive IT?

What should you do?

This policy tweak is a risk to every MOT Tester and MOT Centre that does not manage compliance to DVSA standards.  Do yourselves a favour and take a good long look at what you do and how you do it.  Take quality management seriously.  It is something you have the power to change because you sure can’t change the DVSA from its current path.

Why MOT Site Assessment Targeting by the DVSA is a Danger to Your Business and 6 Things you Need to Fix Now

MOT site assessment targeting by the DVSA is a serious risk to your business  

This blog contains vital information about MOT site assessment targeting.

What 6 things do you need to make sure you have in hand and a bonus pointer that may help you move your risk score from red to green.

If you think the DVSA is a toothless tiger think again.  With Test Logs and TQI at their disposal the DVSA can peer into your MOT site like never before. Continue reading “Why MOT Site Assessment Targeting by the DVSA is a Danger to Your Business and 6 Things you Need to Fix Now”

TQI MOT – Test Quality Information Guidance for MOT Managers

TQI MOT – Guidance for MOT Managers on how to deal with TQI data

In October 2018 the DVSA published new  TQI (test quality information) guidance explaining what information MOT testers and MOT managers should regularly check.

It’s now a requirement that managers and testers understand more about how to review their TQI data.

The DVSA’s official guidance below explains how to view and interpret MOT test quality information and test logs for managers. Continue reading “TQI MOT – Test Quality Information Guidance for MOT Managers”

MOT Tester Training Syllabus 2019/20

MOT Tester Training Syllabus 2019/20

Great Scott! The DVSA have provided us with next year’s training curriculum and we want to share it with you guys! Enjoy!

Download 2019/20 MOT Tester Training Syllabus

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Or have a go at one of our training modules right now for free, just to see how quick and easy it is to stay compliant!

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MOT Annual Assessment – a complete guide

MOT Annual Assessment – a complete guide to to taking the annual assessment for MOT testers.

In this blog about the MOT annual assessment you will find the answer to these questions.

  • What is the MOT Annual Assessment?
  • What do I need to know to pass the MOT Annual Assessment?
  • What are the Annual Assessment subjects?
  • What is the pass mark?
  • What if I fail to pass by the deadline?
  • How do I take the Annual Assessment?
  • Where do I buy the MOT Annual assessment?
  • How do I buy the Annual Assessment?
  • How much does it cost?
  • How do I register the result of my Annual Assessment?

Continue reading “MOT Annual Assessment – a complete guide”

MOT Tester Annual Training – The Complete Guide

MOT Tester Annual Training is an essential responsibility of MOT Testers. Each year MOT Testers must undertake

    • 3 hours of training.
    • keep a record of their training

Maybe you are a new tester, a new MOT manager or just want to make sure your knowledge of MOT Tester training is correct. This blog post contains the answers to your questions. Read on for a complete guide to MOT tester training.

Continue reading “MOT Tester Annual Training – The Complete Guide”

How to Manage the MOT Risk Rating at Your Garage

How to manage and control your MOT risk rating with a quality management system (QMS).

I recently spoke to two owner-operators of MOT vehicle testing stations who were confused and worried about their red MOT risk rating. Confused as to how their red risk rating was calculated and worried because they did not know how to reduce it.
Continue reading “How to Manage the MOT Risk Rating at Your Garage”

TQI analysis

TQI analysis tool is live!

We make it easy for tester to fulfil mandatory DVSA requirements with regards to TQI analysis and review.

Review this data (TQI) regularly and look into any unusual differences and record the outcome.

DVSA website – Using MOT test quality information: guidance for MOT testers – Published 10 October 2018

MOT Juice can download every testers test quality information automatically every month. Analyse the data and clearly show failure rate variance to national averages. It is easy for the tester to record reasons for variance and any action they need to take.

The MOT Juice management overview can see TQI review progress in detail including any action that is needed.

Continue reading “TQI analysis”