DVSA reflects on recent MOT changes and says it’s “learning”

Agency paints a positive picture following May's MOT changes but what are your experiences?

DVSA reflects on recent MOT changes and says it’s “learning”
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The DVSA has this week reflected on MOT changes which came into force in May and has said user feedback and testing service data is helping it to further improve the service.

Test recording data showed that it took some test stations longer to record defects in the first few days after the changes came into force whoever, by June the time taken to record defects returned to about the same as it had been before the changes.

The data also showed an increase in people choosing to ‘search’ for defects, likely because the structure of the new manual is unfamiliar.

Head of MOT policy at DVSA, Neil Barlow said: “This has given us useful information on what people are looking for but not finding, which helps us improve it.

“We’ve already added more similar words for common searches so when you’re searching for one word or phrase, it finds another in the manual that means the same.”

The agency has received feedback on defect descriptions which called for clearer wording in the manual and in the standards.

“We’ve reviewed this and we’ll make some minor changes so that defect descriptions better match the defects you see on vehicles,” Neil confirmed.

Ahead of the changes, the DVSA launched a “training environment” which was used by more than 12,000 testers.

Feedback has suggested that the majority found the training helpful and the DVSA has now said it will provide similar training for any future changes.

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    jim walker

    Neil Barlow is living in cloud cookoo land. their are. so many dangerous defects missing completely from the new system it’s a joke. Let’s be honest now, the only reason it has changed so much has less to do with European legislation and more to do with the lack of willing older more experienced engineers able to do MOT’s so the test and systems have been watered down to such an extent that a 14 year old could do them, and designed by graduates you haven’t done a days real work in their lives.

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    jim walker

    Neil Barlow is living in cloud cookoo land. their are. so many dangerous defects missing completely from the new system it’s a joke. Let’s be honest now, the only reason it has changed so much has less to do with European legislation and more to do with the lack of willing older more experienced engineers able to do MOT’s so the test and systems have been watered down to such an extent that a 14 year old could do them, and designed by graduates who haven’t done a days real work in their lives.

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    Lee

    They are learning! Mainly that as a complete unit they couldn’t do a worse job. Even my apprentice non tester can’t believe how badly this has been implemented.

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    Nigel Thurley

    Very poorly instigated with typical civil service lack of information. List of approved equipment and pass spec for things like brake fluid contamination ? Another piece of equipment to calibrate ?

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    Andrew MacCreadie

    Jim Walker, The system was designed with the help from the MOT Council members who are mostly time served MOT testers with many years of experience between us and most carry out MOT testing on a day to day basis.

    We have been onboard since the start of the project and have made valuable contributions as to how the system operates. The failure input system has been tested over and over again with surveys running along side the development that have come up on the screen once you have completed an MOT.
    DVSA have kept us in the loop throughout all the stages of the development of the system and allowed us to comment and give feedback at every stage. They have taken this feedback on board and made adjustments to the system as it progressed so to say it was written by 14 year olds and graduates is inaccurate to say the least.
    Nigel, where does it say you have to test the brake fluid?

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    joe digney

    not improved much much cant believe number items no longer on system eg lamp adversely affected by another several other items no longer on systwm

    #161337 Reply

    joe digney

    in response to andrews statement brake fluid is to be checked for contamination how are we supposed to do that it does say contamination is a fail

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