New authorised examiners and authorised examiner designated managers must now have a disclosure and barring service (DBS) check carried out, the DVSA has announced.
The agency claims that the change, which came into force on 1 November, will verify the applicant’s identity and will show any unspent convictions.
DVSA head of MOT policy, Chris Price said: “We’re always looking for ways to make our processes less complicated and more secure.
“Bringing in DBS checks for MOT managers and owners helps us do this.
“For DVSA, it means we can protect the integrity of the MOT, and it makes the process simpler for applicants.
“That’s a win-win.”
Existing authorised examiners will only be required to undertake a DBS check if changed to authorisation are submitted, or possibly as part of an appeal against any disciplinary action that has been taken against them.
The new procedure replaces the counter-signing of driving licences or passports which used to be carried out to check credentials.
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