November 13, 2018 at 7:59 am #167059
Mike Ruff, GW editorKeymaster
The DVSA has this week rolled-out its new MOT risk rating system which aims to improve MOT quality and catch more fraudsters.
Garages will now be awarded either a red, amber or green rating based on analysis of tester data and the results of an improved site assessment.
The new site assessment focuses on compliance and the test itself, with DVSA examiners carrying out more checks on recently tested vehicles, while a ‘site review’ involves a shorter check on systems and processes in the garage.
Authorised examiners and site managers can use test quality reports for information on their testers’ testing profile.
[See the full post at: DVSA rolls out new MOT risk rating system]November 13, 2018 at 1:06 pm #167077
So we test vehicles to make sure they meet a minimum standard , yes I can see the reason behind this assesment but it puts testers in a very difficult spot , it gets to the stage where you have failed so many cars on a certain item and blow me the next vehicle you test has the same fault , now you think to yourself “do I do my job right and fail it which may put me in the amber – red bracket or do I let it go and take a chance and stay green”. One very big step backwards if you ask me .
Another way of putting a nail in us small boys coffin perhaps !November 13, 2018 at 1:07 pm #167078
SO RED AMBER OR GREEN YOU ARE STILL NOT TESTING CORRECTLYNovember 13, 2018 at 1:49 pm #167080
I cant imagine how analysis of data tells whether a tester is doing a correct job . I ,for instance take a little longer than my son who is younger than me . In what way is this wrong ? No customers are held up and I feel we are both testing correctly and fairly . Also the word “risk” is not very well chosen . Surely there will be different failure patterns according to locality / types of car etc.November 13, 2018 at 2:15 pm #167081
But you can still log a test form your hand set from another location providing you don’t use WiFiNovember 13, 2018 at 3:55 pm #167084
In the new annual assessment which I have just taken there is a question on our stats and what to do if our stats are different from the national average . The correct answer to this question is to take note of it but not to target those areas which are different and fail/pass a car to get your stats to the national average. So on one hand in the annual assessment they say one thing but then we are told if we stray from the average result we will be seen to be some sort of higher risk? We as testers can only test what’s in front of us and there is no such thing as an average result . This is just another ill thought out plan to label and target MOT testers .November 13, 2018 at 5:09 pm #167086
This is a ridiculous idea as every vehicle is different to have a average on what each car fails on is a impossibility the same as the amount of tests carried out if you exceed the national average you are put in the red.
Not happy about the situation and red implies that we are doing something wrong.November 13, 2018 at 5:57 pm #167087
The police force was destroyed due to statistics .
It’s a shame that common sense does not prevail.
But unfortunately this is the government way.November 14, 2018 at 10:27 am #167090
Using an average is misleading. MOT garages in less affluent areas may have more customers with older vehicles which may not have had the level of maintenance suggested by the manufacturer, this would definitely affect pass rates. Areas with lots of traffic calming can have more suspension issues. Surely the best measure is the actual tester’s skill and the MOT station’s compliance, customer support and service. In today’s society there is no ‘one size fits all’.November 16, 2018 at 7:08 am #167127
I used to get questioned by DVSA for failing so many cars on misaligned headlamps, I explained to them that I was carrying out a lot of MOT’s on Police vehicles which were always getting involved in knocks. Also drivers would either fit there own headlamp bulbs when they failed or go to Halfords.
The Police vehicles are now exempt from Mot Testing so my headlamp alignment failures have gone down and the Police vehicles ??????? who knows.November 18, 2018 at 8:09 pm #167237
The DVSA are heading in the right direction as making sure garages and tester are testing right can only be a good thing for car owners. However, producing a traffic light system based on ‘National Averages’ is a flawed system. If all testers across the UK are either too stringent, or not stringent enough, does that make it ok?
A simpler and more effective system would be to dip sample a set number of garages every month and producing a rating system from that.