The DVSA has this month revealed what the new MOT risk rating system means and what’s being done to improve it.
The new approach to risk rating, which was launched six months ago, uses MOT data with the aim of making DVSA processes “more efficient”.
Red and amber ratings suggest testers or garages may need DVSA attention.
Commenting on the Mattering of Testing blog, the DVSA’s Chris Price said: “Before we plan some sort of enforcement check – we will also review the data to check an enforcement check is the right thing to do.
“And when we do the enforcement check, if we don’t find any serious problems it will to improve the risk score.
“Unlike disciplinary actions, like formal or final warnings, risk rating is not absolute.
“It does not mean that we have found anything wrong or indeed you are doing anything wrong.”
Red and amber rating
For those in the red, the DVSA advises testers and test stations “not to panic”.
Action will only be taken if the tester or test station is found to have been doing something wrong.
Chris said: “If you believe you are doing things correctly and have used all the tools available to you to establish this, then please carry on doing the great job you do helping us keep Britain’s roads some of the safest in the world.
“Turning red or amber does not mean we’ll come racing down to the garage to see what is going on.
“Instead, we’ll monitor that tester or VTS to see if they stay high risk month after month.
“If they do then yes, a visit may be needed.
“If you’re red or amber, you should do the same.
“Monitor your risk rating and dig through your test logs and test quality information to see what could be causing it.”
Future MOT changes
Using MOT data, the DVSA is experimenting with the possible introduction of a vehicle test result prediction.
During its planning stage, if the results show the agency can successfully predict the result with a high level of accuracy, it may integrate the data with other metrics to help further improve risk rating.
The agency has stressed that any such change will be trialled before roll-out.
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