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Looking After Your MOT Centre Equipment

Being authorized to conduct the MOT test comes with a variety of responsibility, some of which are often not taken into consideration.

The job can include managing equipment, layout and garage facilities as well as ensuring testers are trained properly.

In the event that you’re an AE (Authorised Examiner) Here are a few of the essential things to remember in running your MOT business.
Looking after your equipment

All equipment you use must be kept in condition, and the all measuring equipment must be calibrated according with the requirements of DVSA.

If any piece of mandatory equipment malfunctions , preventing testing, you must stop testing immediately for the relevant vehicle class or model. AEs are accountable for informing that local DVSA office immediately of any disruption.

It is only possible to continue testing once the test equipment has been repaired properly and you’ve been notified by DVSA. If your equipment fails prior to or during the time it’s being used then you should stop the test and reimburse any costs.

There are two exceptions. rule are:

When a plate or roller brake tester fails however, you should still inform your nearby DVSA office. Testing can be continued for up to two working days after the date the issue was discovered, making use of the DVSA certified decelerometer. Only tests that were scheduled prior to the malfunction are conducted.

If the wheel play detector is malfunctioning in the level of an ATL or OPTL certified VTS, you are able to test by using the standard method and an assistant to those areas that are tested.

Training and staff

A.E.s are accountable for all actions performed by employees. It is essential to ensure that the staff members are adequately monitored, properly trained and able to conduct an MOT test in accordance with the prescribed standards. The staff must also be kept up current with notices specific to the test and MOT scheme updates.

Experience doesn’t mean training. In the case of a test subject who is brand new and doesn’t have experience, additional assistance or supervision might be required until they’re competent and confident in testing by themselves.

Check that your tester is equipped with the expertise, knowledge and support they require to test using an excellent judgement.

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Quality Control Checks

Aes must conduct Quality control (QC) tests on every tester at least once every two months at an absolute requirement. It is possible to conduct more regular QC tests to provide additional assistance to newly trained testers.

For AEs that have only one tester, you may be able to benefit from third-party tests.

The process of assessing the site is another method of checking the quality.

Letting DVSA know when the legal entity changed

If the legal status has changed, you need to inform DVSA immediately. Except if you’re a sole-trader authorization to test is granted to the partnership or business that runs the MOT business and not to the individual.

In the event that your company is issued an entirely new registration for your company and number, it is a new company and an authorization change is required.

If you’re a partner when a partner quits or joins, the partnership will become a brand new entity. This means that a new authorisation is required.

IT equipment

With the MOT Modernisation process quickly nearing, AEs will soon have to keep their IT equipment in good condition when they’ve switched to the MOT Testing service that is being introduced.

In the switchover process to the MOT testing service , and as outlined in the MOT special notice 03-14. AEs are responsible for:

by providing the required IT equipment with internet connectivity, printer, and other equipment
Insuring any repairs or maintenance

It is essential to have the proper technology, internet connection and printer for continued testing on the new system.

Also, you’ll have to pay for your equipment for IT including printer, internet connection, and printer fixed in the event that they stop working. You might want to create your own contingency plan in case of any device failing.