DVSA publishes new ‘Manage your MOT centre’ guide

Published:  08 July, 2019

The DVSA has published new, clearer guidance on how they want to see MOT stations run that puts all relevant information in one place.

The ‘Manage your MOT centre’ guide is shorter and easier to read than previous guidance for MOT managers and features concise information. Previously, the information was in a number of different places on GOV.UK. The total guidance had a wordcount in excess of 6,000. This has been reduced by more than 50%.

The guide is a suggested way to manage a MOT centre.  Managers don’t have to work to it exactly but it sets out all the standards expected.

Neil Barlow, Head of Vehicle Engineering at DVSA, said: “DVSA’s priority is to help everyone keep their vehicle safe to drive. Feedback from MOT testers and garages showed that the previous information they needed to make sure their garages worked effectively was difficult to use. We’ve listened and brought everything they need into one place so it can be easily accessed. I’m sure testers and managers will find this much better.”

The new guide covers 15 areas under five main sections. These are:

• Putting management systems in place

• Checking and managing MOT test standards

• Managing MOT testers

• Maintaining and monitoring premises and equipment

• Understanding your MOT centre risk rating

This includes a section on the new site review process, including what DVSA vehicle examiners look for and what the site review will tell managers about their garages . The new guide follows an extensive process of reviewing and re-drafting. At a MOT trade user group at the end of May, some members reviewed a draft version. With the feedback they gave and from others in the MOT industry we made improvements. According to DVSA, of those who reviewed it, over 90% said they would recommend the guide to colleagues.

The guide is available at: www.gov.uk/guidance/manage-your-mot-centre   

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