The DVSA has published its five-year strategy with a suggested warning that it will be placing a greater emphasis on enforcement.
451 MOT testers were warned or disqualified in 2015 to 2016.
In a 72-page strategy document, the DVSA said: “The quality of testing isn’t consistent for every MOT centre and tester, which leads to warnings and disqualifications.
“We’ll continue to increase our focus on serious fraud, dishonesty or negligence in the MOT system, so we’re sure vehicles that pass the MOT are safe to drive.”
The agency acknowledged that significant numbers of vehicles fail their initial MOT – 36.8 per cent of cars failed their MOT at first attempt in 2015 to 2016.
Vehicle defects were a contributory factor in 1,832 accidents in 2015.
The DVSA said: “We need to make sure that drivers understand the checks they should be doing all-year-round to make sure their vehicle is safe to drive.”
Many would argue that it’s an argument which contradicts the DVSA’s recent MOT consultation to extend the period before the first MOT test is needed from three to four years.
The number of vehicles being recalled for safety defects is increasing – 2.7 million vehicles, parts or accessories affected by a safety recall in 2015 to 2016.
The DVSA said: “Recalling vehicles quickly to get them repaired is vital for safety and public confidence.
“We’ll do more work with manufacturers to reduce the number of defects, and make sure common problems are shared rapidly between manufacturers to protect all road users.”
The strategy also places an emphasis on enhanced MOTs to ensure the latest vehicle technologies are tested.
Testing autonomous technology
With the rise of autonomous technology, the DVSA suggests that the test will adapt to ensure sensors and other new technological developments work correctly and that “vehicles have the latest software updates”.
Road safety minister, Andrew Jones said: “As technology improves, vehicles will become more capable of driving themselves.
“We need to make sure driver training and testing keeps up, and the MOT adapts to be able to test vehicles that rely more and more on software.”
The agency has said it will release detailed plans about how it will measure its success by December, 2017.
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