The DVSA is to launch an improved MOT risk rating system later this year in a bid to further improve MOT quality and catch more MOT fraudsters.
Due to go live in the autumn, garages will be awarded either a red, amber or green rating based on analysis of tester data and the results of an improved site assessment.
Officials will monitor the data produced by each tester including what they record, how long tests take and disciplinary history.
Tester data analysis
Vehicle examiners will also continue to carry out checks during site visits to ensure garages comply with DVSA rules and that they have good systems for managing the quality of testing.
It’s thought the visit will likely include a check of an MOT being completed.
Checks will be completed at fixed intervals, initially starting at every three years but the agency has suggested they will become more regular in the longer term.
Head of MOT policy at DVSA, Neil Barlow said: “Risk rating garages is a really important area as it determines how we direct our resources to support garages and carry out enforcement activities.
“Over the last few months, we‘ve been running some trials to see how we can better assess risk and focus our efforts more specifically than we do now.
“This will help improve MOT quality and catch more MOT fraudsters.”
The DVSA will be releasing more information about new MOT risk rating later this year.
The agency recently faced criticism from a number of garages following two cases of mechanics profiteering from fraudulent MOT activities.
Both individuals received suspended prison sentences but many believe the DVSA should have done more.
Commenting on a recent case in which a mechanic was sentenced to a 13-month suspended prison sentence after getting caught selling fake MOT certificates at £100 each, GW reader, Peter Miles said: “To give a suspended sentence for deliberate fraud which could easily have resulted in a major accident is ridiculous.
“He should be inside now and for some years to come.
“That is how to stop this.
“And those who paid him for these passes, obviously they knew their vehicles weren’t roadworthy or they would got a legal test for less money, should be inside with him.”
Joe Brookshaw commented: “MOT stations are not checked on like they used to be back in the 80s and 90s when I ran an MOT station.
“You would have at least four visits a year from the vehicle examiner and the equivalent to happy shoppers who would just call in without a phone call.
“In York alone we have two MOT stations who just print out certification without checking the cars for their fellow traders and friends.”
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