You won’t have escaped recent reports and conversations about the MOT tester who’s under investigation for using foul language while entering a manual advisory in the MOT testing service.
I’m sure we have all seen similar cases of inappropriate manual advisories.
The worrying thing is, some people find it funny.
I’d like to think that my professional colleagues would agree with me when I say that inappropriate advisories are anything but funny – especially those with offensive and foul language.
“Don’t get me wrong”
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all in favour of humour in the workplace but the MOT testing service simply isn’t the platform to air it.
Sordid comments on a customer’s MOT certificate, key tag, or job card, highlights everything that is wrong with our industry as far as I’m concerned.
Those that find such practices to be funny do nothing to better the professional image that we all want to portray and only add fuel to the popular misconception that we’re all sharks and cowboys pulling apart cars.
As highly trained technicians working on complex vehicle systems we deserve to be respected as professionals and, in cases like this, the DVSA has an important role to play.
While it’s a start, I’m not sure this one is being handled as well as it could have been though.
In this case, the test was recorded in 2015 and the DVSA only became aware of it just recently.
How on earth did it go undetected for so long?
Secondly, what exactly does the DVSA need to investigate?
Surely it is a simple case of who was the tester that recorded it, awarding him/her and the test station that let him get away with it a short term cessation or at least a formal warning.
They should then broadcast this to all MOT stations to make sure that it’s not repeated.
“Swift, sharp action is what’s required”
Swift, sharp action is what’s required.
And I have to agree with David who commented on the recent GW coverage.
He said: “Is it not time the government started looking more seriously at the types of characters they let into a professional trade?
“Showing that level of maturity what on earth is he doing near someone’s car.”
Yes David, it is about time.
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