MOT tester RAG scores: is red actually bad?

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    Mark Hughes

    The DVSA has confirmed that MOT testers who are currently rated red should not change how they are operating, as long as they know they are practising
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    “If you’re confident in what you are doing and can explain it, carry on.”

    And can explain it ?? WTF

    This takes the piss. If it has excessive play , or tyre below 1.6mm its failed FULL STOP. How the hell do you ” explain that” idiots !

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    Cars pass or fail based on merit it is deemed the minimum standards of vehicle condition. So if I test 10 vehicles and they meet the minimum standards I will pass the vehicles regardless of what colour the DVSA say I’m on equally i will fail the vehicles to. My personal experience with the test scheme over the last 10 year’s is standards have lowered considering the fast fit outfits now use the test scheme as a way to milk Joe public.

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    Isn’t amber in the middle of green and red. Some may say the average of the average.

    Where should we be again ?

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    I think some testers see this as targeting them but actually it is just management control of the mot scheme. Different areas of the country and varying makes and models of vehicles, including test classes will show different evidence from different areas but I don’t think testers should be worrying about it. I think testers need to think differently about the figures and the colour scheme used to identify vehicles and categories of their defects. If a tester is testing class 7 all day every day then their fail rate will be quite high compared to a tester in a main dealer testing 3 year old cars that probably seldom fail. Does this mean the class 7 tester is doing a bad job shown in the RED! Clearly not, and the staff at DVSA analyzing the figures are also looking at the types of fail that might suggest something in the manufacturing industry needs to change, thus in the longer term projections the fail rate will then reduce. The testers might be looking at the figures thinking about the ‘hear and now’ but DVSA could be looking at longer term changes in the design of vehicle components from the data, and not targeting the testers as some might think.

    #173121 Reply


    Qoute : “Don’t change your behaviour if you’re red.
    “If you’re confident in what you are doing and can explain it, carry on.”Not good advice
    If red is a higher risk then why remain in it and how are you ever going to be in amber or green!!!!

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