New MOT manager security checks to be introduced

Published:  25 October, 2019

The DVSA is aiming to make security checks for MOT garage owners and managers simpler via DBS checks. From 1 November, anyone applying to be an authorised examiner (AE) or authorised examiner designated manager (AEDM) will need to have a basic DBS check. This verifies identity and checks for unspent convictions.

Going forward, MOT testing staff, managers and administrative staff must tell DVSA immediately if they receive:

• A prison sentence (or suspended sentence) of three months or more

• A fine exceeding level 4 on the standard scale (currently £2,500)

• A community service order (or equivalent) requiring unpaid work for more than 60 hours

• Any punishment outside the UK equivalent to these points

Existing AEs and AEDMs will not need to do anything if they are already authorised. DBS checks will only be needed for any additions or changes to the authorisation for a garage or manager, or possibly as part of an appeal against any disciplinary action that has been taken against a garage.

DVSA Head of MOT Policy Chris Price said: “DVSA’s priority is helping everyone keep their car safe to drive. We’re always looking for ways to make our processes less complicated and more secure. Bringing in DBS checks for MOT managers and owners helps us do this. For DVSA, it means we can protect the integrity of the MOT, and it makes the process simpler for applicants. That’s a win-win.”

The new process replaces the countersigning of driving licences or passports to check credentials and will be carried out solely through GOV.UK.

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