The DVSA’s MOT risk rating system was rolled out in November 2018 and aims to improve MOT quality and catch more fraudsters.
Garages are awarded either a red, amber or green rating based on analysis of tester data and the results of an improved site assessment.
The 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.
Automotive consultancy, Fourmative says the risk score and final RAG rating also takes into account MOT statistics and testing history.
A Fourmative spokesperson said: “The DVSA has published a guide to risk rating to inform all VTS’s to check potential risk of non-compliance.
“Part of this notice also states that this guide would be followed by unannounced visits to your VTS by a site assessor who will look for evidence of systems and practices that will reduce the potential risk of non-compliance.
“Based on the visit, they assign the garage risk score and a risk category – your RAG rating.”
MOT risk rating explained
- Red (higher risk): You must look into the reasons you’re rated as higher risk, and make sure you’re testing to the right standard and following all the right processes.
- Amber (medium risk): You should look into the reasons you’re rated as a medium risk, and check you’re testing to the right standard and following all the right processes.
- Green (lower risk): You should still check you’re testing to the right standard and following all the right processes.
In some extreme cases, garages in the amber and red category have been visited by the DVSA twice in one week, according to Fourmative.
The spokesperson added: “The four key assessment areas during a DVSA visit include management, employees, customers and the vehicle test station itself.
“All four of these aspects are broken down into 19 questions and each has a risk score from one , low risk, to five, high risk.”
Fourmative can work with garages to improve or maintain their RAG rating.
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