A new MOT testing service security card which works similar to an online banking security card is being trialled ahead of its roll-out later this year.
The DVSA say the new card, which will replace the current PIN system, will make the system more secure.
Users will be required to press a button on the front of the card to generate a unique six-digit PIN which will be required to log in to the MOT testing service.
The next round of testing is due to be completed by the end of the month.
Feedback from early trials has been positive according to the DVSA, with one tester reporting: “it’s good, easy to use, an improvement.”
However, not all test stations are as positive about the news of a new card.
GW reader, Andrew Jones commented: “I can guarantee when these fail, which they will, we will again be left on our own with DVSA staff not even able to answer the phone or respond to any technical questions.”
Writing on the DVSA blog, one tester wrote: “Sadly the various changes to the MOT system, in my mind, are more about administration and less about actual road safety and quality of testing standards.
“This is costing the industry many decent testers who are simply fed up of being made to jump through hoops by a organisation which is streamlining itself to being very minimalist, and lumping the costs and more issues onto the testers.”
The current security system has not been compromised but the agency claims the move is part of its “continuing obligation to protect personal data and ensure the secure delivery of on line public services”
Speaking to GW about why the new system is being implemented, the DVSA said: “Over time a PIN alone can become less secure and more vulnerable to disclosure.
“The new security card displays a unique number, or code, each time it is used.
“The password associated with the card and the unique code combine to form a two-factor authentication, that is far more secure than the single factor of password/PIN.”
The six-digit pin generated by the card will need to be entered with the user ID and password each time users log on to the service.
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