Opinion: MOT is in good shape and improving for the better

Jackson & Phillips Automotive Services looks back on DVSA changes to the annual test over the years

Opinion: MOT is in good shape and improving for the better
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Having been an MOT tester and quality controller since the days of handwritten tickets and embossing stamps, I have seen changes to the MOT test, testers and stations first hand over the years.

Aaron Phillips of Jackson & Phillips Automotive Services in Leighton Buzzard.

We at Jackson and Phillips were amongst a handful of garages selected to trial computerisation when it first arrived on the MOT scene.

It’s arrival certainly caused reason for discussion and, while some people welcomed it, many testers and garages were dead against it.

I was always quite positive about it and the improvements over the years have certainly made for a much better fairer and more honest test, as well as a degree of improved clarity for testers although there’s still plenty of grey areas.

Having said that as with anything there is always someone trying to take advantage of a situation and abuse privileges in order to make money.

From the days of stolen ticket books and stamps to the pass results registered by a bloke in the pub.

I was approached many years ago and asked to make out tickets for cash, of course I turned the offer down and reported it to the police.

It always amazes me that people still think that they won’t get caught.

The measures put in place these days make it harder than ever to carry out false tests.

We regularly hear in the news about garages or testers being caught ‘testing’ vehicles that they have never even seen and, with reports that 178 testers – up by 82 per cent – were struck off during 2017/18, enforcement certainly seems to be a serious part of improvements to the MOT.

With much improved traceability and training, I’d personally suggest that the MOT test is in good shape.

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  • #179945 Reply
    Lee Heywood

    I don’t know exactly how dvsa police the not system but reading the not forums it seems they are reluctant to act on information given to them by testers themselves. Many times we as testers witness recently tested cars that should never of passed and if reported by testers nothing is done about it.

    #179946 Reply
    graham cox

    completely agree with lee we see garages around us cut price mots and pass anything but never seem to get checked !!!
    we try to do the job correctly and as our testers say we are not getting repeat business because the public seem to want cheap work and low test standards we have been trading for 30 years and as far as we can tell the foreign guy up the road testing in a shed at £35.00 per test is busy all day and weekends
    needs regulation and raising of standards

    #179966 Reply

    Agree completely. Customers now look for the cheapest with everything. This could be a cheap MOT that passes regardless or, a cheap MOT that stings them for work that should not have failed. I have never liked the broad range of what garages can charge for an MOT and, I believe it should be a set price across the board. This will not stop incompetent testers but will give us genuine testers a chance to prove our worth

    #179967 Reply
    Richard Guest

    Agreed, improvements do seem to come thicker and faster these days but there are still some glaring inconsistencies and grey areas that need addressing. Also, as stated above, I firmly believe that MOT test prices should be standardised and compulsory and not open to discounting which, I think, would encourage the customer to find somewhere he/she trusts rather than looking for a cheap option which, so often, seems to backfire.

    #180589 Reply
    Craig Ross

    I agree with all the comments made above BUT .. There is no way THE DVSA can enforce a “statutory fixed” price MOT…. Let me explain: When a Garage advertise a cut price MOT as part of a service … £150.00 … at present the £150.00 is made up of say £30.00 for the MOT & £120.00 for the service … if DVSA makes the MOT fee non-negotiable £54.85 then the garage will offer the same overall cost=£150.00 … but the MOT cost will now be £54.85 & the service £95.15 ….. when the car is booked in just for an MOT £54.85 then the garage may offer a discount vouchure of say £30.00 to be used against the next purchase …. this voucher could be used by friends & family also …. I know this sounds cynical but we are all business men & like business men some are always looking to beat the system.

    In regard to Richards comments about the inconsistencies in the MOT manual i agree whole heartedly … I am an IMI Accredited Assessor / Trainer for the IMI Lvl 2 nominated tester award & i have to read weekly the Inspection Manual & Guide to try to make sense of the inconsistences … i continually Email DVSA & the IMI to query the content of these two “Bibles” only to be told “thank you for my enquiry & they will look into it” … thats if i get a reply at all.
    My latest query was about last years on-line exam .. i detailed 10 questions where the answers were incorrect … I actually spoke to a person at DVSA only to be told that the IMI set the questions … i phoned the IMI & was told DVSA set the answers … WHATS THE POINT?

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