Garages across the country have completed ten million tests since the new system was launched earlier this year.
DVSA say the new service, which is 50 per cent cheaper for it to run, offers garages greater flexibility.
Alex Fiddes, DVSA MOT Group Service Manager, said: “With ten million tests now successfully completed, we are confident that garages and their customers are now benefiting from a faster and more cost effective service.”
Esmond Kielty, a member of the Vehicle Testing Station Council and CEO of Carlisle Auto Repairs Ltd, said: “I think the new service has moved us into the modern world, it’s faster and more user-friendly.
“It provides my testers with a reliable MOT system with flexibility about where they can record information; they are not stuck in one place in the garage because they can now use tablets.
“As an owner I can order slots, as many or little as I want according to my business projections.
“I can also review MOT manuals and can do all this from home if it suits me.”
The new service, which the DVSA has described as ‘deliberately basic’, will continue to be developed in-line with user feedback.
DVSA’s Head of MOT Modernisation, Neil Barlow, said: “Our core priority is providing a stable and resilient service which allows testers to carry out tests.
“For the most part, we think we’ve achieved those aims over the past couple of months and we’ve managed to keep the service up and running and testers testing throughout this period.
“We’re also working hard to make sure the service can cope with the kinds of technical problems which all web-based services have to face and overcome on a consistent daily basis.”
Known problems with the MOT testing service are published on the DVSA’s website here.
Recent issues include slot balance problems and incorrect expiry dates appearing on certificates.
The DVSA is reminding all test stations to report technical issues to the MOT testing service help desk on 0330 123 5654.
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