DVSA annual review celebrates MOT improvements

Document reports on DVSA performance from 2017 to 2018 during which time 37.8 million MOT certificates were issued

DVSA annual review celebrates MOT improvements
The DVSA highlights improvements made to the MOT testing service in its 2017 to 2018 review. Image: Bigstock.

The DVSA has published its second annual review, which majors on recent changes to the MOT system and vehicle recalls.

Opening the report in his forward, Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA accounting officer and chief executive, said: “I am immensely proud of the commitment and professionalism of colleagues across DVSA who work so hard to ensure people stay safe on Britain’s roads.”

The agency has delivered a post-dividend surplus of £13.8m for the year (2016-17: £30.7m), against a budgeted figure of £1.4m.

The report suggests that the surplus will be invested into a number of areas for further improvement including the MOT Testing Service.

Service improvements

Highlighting it’s performance from 2017 to 2018, the agency has said is has continued to improve the MOT testing service to support MOT managers and testers.

EU Roadworthiness Directives were implemented in May 2018, which saw a major overhaul to the vehicle testing and enforcement standards, including making changes to the MOT system and heavy vehicle testing systems.

The report also revealed that the agency significantly exceeded its target to act on MOT cases involving serious fraud, dishonesty or negligence.

The report reads: “During the year the agency restructured the Counter-Fraud and Investigation team to support the Counter Fraud Strategy and the in-housing of investigations that were previously contracted out.

“The agency prosecuted 1,038 cases, an increase from 787 in 2016-17, with 1,258 defendants leading to 4,015 offences upheld.”

MOT history

Improvements to the MOT history information service were also highlighted, which now allows people to access MOT records and information on outstanding vehicle recalls.

Almost 700,000 users are now registered for the service.

Gareth Llewellyn said: “We have made further improvements to our services on www.gov.uk including links to information on approved driving instructors, MOT garages and vehicle recalls.

“In addition to these services, we now have over 700,000 users registered for the MOT reminder service,
helping to reduce the number of vehicles on the road without a valid MOT.”

Read the full report by following the ‘more details’ link.

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    jim walker

    DVSA blowing smoke up their own backside again ! they haven’t done it, testing stations have by coping with the sometimes ridiculous changes and making them work at their cost. not surprising they are in surplus when most MOT stations are struggling to make ends meat. don’t be surprised if a large number of stations throw the towel in this year, then watch DVSA sweat

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    Alex vernon

    No wonder they have a surplus of money ! They have called it modernisation but they really mean cutbacks, they have stopped paying for computers training and anything else they can get away with so the test stations make less money and they make more !!

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    Stephen prince

    Dvsa, very disappointed with a vt01 application that I have submitted, lost original application, two short comings which were both sent via email only to get a reply they only have one, they need to improve this service as keep being told there about 15 days behind on sorting applications, general consensus from other agents applying is this service is shocking

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    The whole system has become an absolute joke any tom dick or harry can open a test centre there are more dodgy mots out there now than ever before £50 to £60 so many testers just log in and print this system is a joke making testers pay to sit at a computer answering questions they answer every working day no wonder testers are on the fiddle

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