MOT slot fee to be increased by 3p

DVSA says it will "consider" calls from testing stations to raise maximum fee they can charge for an MOT

MOT slot fee to be increased by 3p
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The MOT slot fee is to be increased from £2.05 to £2.08 later this year, the DVSA has confirmed.

It follows a consultation on proposals to increase most DVSA statutory fees by 1.5 per cent.

It received 2,573 responses, of which 30 per cent were from those who run or work at an MOT test centre.

Some 68 per cent of all respondents said that the proposed fee increases were fair while 21 per cent said they strongly disagreed with the increase.

Ministers have now agreed for the increase to be made later this year but a firm date is yet to be announced.

The DVSA says the increase will allow it to continue making essential improvements.

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In its response to the consultation, which closed in September, the Independent Garage Association said: “We feel that ongoing development of DVSA services to keep pace with changes in testing and vehicle technology is important.

“Inevitably, there must be at some stage a consideration made of increased costs to test stations and how they are able to invest in improvements to the benefit of the MOT scheme both capital and with personnel.

“This is important to ensure provision of service and choice to consumers and to ensure the industry can fund their own improvements in quality and consistency.”

Many of the respondents connected to an MOT testing centre made reference in their consultation response about a rise in the maximum fee they are allowed to charge for an MOT – a total of 533 comments were made on this.

The DVSA has said that it “will take on board these comments for further consideration”.

At the launch of the consultation, a DVSA spokesperson said: “Most of our fees haven’t increased since 2010, and we’ve worked hard to make savings through efficiency measures in the last few years.

“In the next year we’ll be focusing on improving the driving test booking service, the way the theory test service is delivered, how we carry out heavy vehicle enforcement and the MOT testing service.”

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7 Comments

  1. The 3p rise will not make much difference but lets not forget how much cost the
    dvsA has passed on to the garages over the last five years with the cost of annual training and connected equipment

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  2. Where is the £ 60.00 annual training fee going to?

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  3. The MOT testing fee has NOT increased over 10 years, but we have now to pay for computer equipment, printers/toners/drums, Paper, Phone lines, Equipment Calibrations testing & equipment, Payment of testers exams, course upgrades to name a few. MOT testing is cut throat, garages are charging as little as £25 or less this makes the MOT testing service look non serious and anyone can be a tester. ALL MOT fee’s should be the same and at least £60 class 4 etc, by the time your paying for the overheads premises NT wage with an assistant (if not a ATL lane) admin costs etc you are charging well less than a decent hourly rate – what amuses me is when DVSA are changing fee’s for them they state that a large percentage agree to the increase, when do any business garage owners agree with any increase at all. Do the decent thing – Put the MOT fee’s up NOW – NT testers are doing a serious job giving a licence to be able to have the vehicle legally on the road.

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  4. Why do DVSA not enforce the FULL fee and stop all the discounting garages reducing there own income ? after all you cant discount ANY other govegment fees can you?

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  5. No point moaning about not having an increased test fee when most stations discount the fee anyway, if you want a system that the general public can trust then we need to look at a set fee with no discounting allowed – that would give plenty of scope for investment in good testers and equipment.

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  6. AGREED. It should be a standard fee of £60 for all class 4 MOTS. No more no less. An MOT cannot be done for £25 to turn a profit. Why consumers don’t realise this and think they’re getting a good deal is beyond me.

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  7. To run any business properly you need to invest in staff and there wages and equipment and training how are suppose to that on not increasing the mot fee Every year are costs go up ie cost of living electric insurance equipment calibrations.

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