DVSA clamps down on subpar MOT stations

DVSA clamps down on subpar MOT stations

With the DVSA clamping down on poor performing MOT stations, maintaining a high standard has never been more important. Autotech Training’s Rob Walsh discusses.

The pressure on MOT testing stations is reaching unprecedented levels with the DVSA reporting an average of 642 vehicles per MOT test station in the UK and projections suggesting that, by 2045, there could be a staggering 45 million cars on British roads.

This surge in vehicle numbers intensifies the need for more MOT testing centres across the UK. The other challenge is ensuring the industry upholds stringent standards, thus ensuring the safety and roadworthiness of the ever-expanding fleet of vehicles on UK roads and motorways.

Data from the DVSA’s recent freedom of interest request also revealed an increase in the number of rogue MOT testers in the UK. In total, 687 MOT testers were disqualified in 2020 to 2022 financial years, a rise of 49 per cent compared to the two years previous (2018 to 2020).

DVSA clamps down on subpar MOT stations
Rob Walsh, head of MOT Autotech Training

AI-driven inspections

The DVSA is increasingly adopting technology, and more specifically, artificial intelligence, to conduct intelligent inspections of authorised garages. This data-driven approach aims to identify and eliminate rogue testers and sites that fall short of the required standards. The result has been a noticeable increase in the banning of poor-performing testers over recent years, indicating a more proactive stance from regulatory bodies.

Amidst these developments, the significance of maintaining high standards within MOT testing stations cannot be overstated. The recent crackdown by the DVSA on testers failing to complete their annual assessments on time is a clear signal that compliance is non-negotiable. MOT testers must remain current and on top of their continuous professional development (CPD) to meet the evolving demands of their profession and contribute to a safer road environment.

This responsibility doesn’t rest solely on the shoulders of individual testers but extends to garage owners, especially those managing multiple sites. They must scrutinise MOT data meticulously to identify skills gaps and manage processes effectively. Complacency in this regard could have severe consequences, including potential financial losses and, in extreme cases, the closure of businesses.

DVSA clamps down on subpar MOT stations
MOT testing stations should be using technology to streamline compliance processes and monitor data.

Online solution

With so much advanced technology at their fingertips, MOT testing stations now have the opportunity to leverage the tools available to streamline compliance processes and monitor data effectively to spot and react to any red flags early.

A good illustration can be found in Autotech Training’s MOTsafe, which not only meets the increasing industry demand for complete compliance but also aims to goes beyond by offering a proactive solution to mitigate potential risks.

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