did the system need to be changed?
improve testing standards
by providing accurate, up-to-date information for the MOT
by collecting better information
by monitoring test standards more closely
by improving the quality of MOT documents
reduce theft and fraud associated with MOT certificates
by passing information to and from garages electronically
by automatically collecting and updating information
by providing electronic ordering and payment systems
by improving the way records are kept
improve consumer protection and confidence in the MOT test
by ensuring more consistent standards
by enabling the general public to check if a vehicle passed
or failed an MOT
by improving protection and making it easier to detect fraud
did it involve?
18,500 MOT Testing Stations are provided with PCs, monitors and
printers They are connected to a central database of vehicle information,
test results and details of authorised examiners and testers. Access
to the system is for authorised users via electronic smart cards
and a password.
what does this mean to you..?
If you are an MOT Testing Station
will receive a PC, monitor, and printer free of charge in late 2004.
Training will be carried out by Siemens on the day your equipment
is installed. Your gas analyser (not required for the motorcycle
test) will also be fitted with a Smart Card reader.
MOT certificates currently in use will be destroyed and you will
be issued with new style certificates, failure notices, advisory
notices and checklists (there will be a separate checklist for motorcycles).
the day of installation you will no longer have to:
fill in a VT12 (test register)
apply for a VT26 (list of approved testers)
hand write a certificate, failure notice or advisory (unless
the system is not available), the system will fill in the
details for you
remember calibration or refresher training dates, the system
will automatically remind you of these.
will be able to:
receive Manual, Guides and Special Notices on-line
order pads and training and make payments via the system
ask VOSA questions via the system
receive information specific to particular vehicles
check your Testing Station performance against national averages
issue duplicate certificates, regardless of where the vehicle
has been tested
If you are a member of the Public
will not notice any difference when you take your vehicle for a
test, except that the MOT certificate will be in a new format. However,
the details of the test will be recorded on the database at the
same time as your documents are produced.
For motorists the main feature of the new system is that you can
check the MOT status and test history of any vehicle that you own,
or are considering buying. You will be able to do this either by
calling an enquiry number or by visiting a website. If you are buying
a vehicle, you will need the current owners permission.
If there is any doubt about the validity of your test certificate,
the system will provide you with certain key details of information
including recorded mileage and any advisory items found at the time
of the MOT test.
The facility to check the MOT history of the vehicle will provide
full test details for all the tests undertaken on the vehicle since
the system was computerised. We hope that this will encourage motorists
to obtain the test history of vehicles before buying so they can
make a more informed judgement.
further queries about MOT Computerisation? Call our MOT Enquiry
Line on 0845 600 5977 (calls charged at local rate)