You are a new AE applying for a new site
your responsibilities as an Authorised Examiner
An Authorised Examiner (AE) has a range of responsibilities.
The training and suitability of staff
Maintenance of the premises, facilities and test equipment
at all vehicle testing stations (VTS's) for which they are
Giving access to Vehicle and Operator Services Agency
(VOSA) employees and its contractors for checks and testing
of the premises, equipment and staff
Making sure MOT documents are correctly stored and
access to smart cards (which need to be inserted into the
electronic MOT test system) is only given to eligible users
Ensuring tests are conducted properly and to the correct
Telling VOSA if any significant changes are made to
the business or the way it operates within seven working days
The guide will be useful if any of the following apply:
You are a new AE applying for an existing site
There has been a variation to your AE status - such as a new
partner joining or leaving a partnership
Equipment requirements for Authorised Examiner status
Any individual, company or partnership that applies for Authorised
Examiner (AE) status must ensure that any equipment used for MOT testing
is kept in good working order and calibrated, where required, with
current operating instructions.
The equipment you will need will depend on what classes of vehicle
you will be testing and the type of authorisation you are seeking.
For example, wheel play detectors are only necessary when you use
an automated test lane (ATL) or one-person test lane (OPTL) to test
class IV, VL and VII vehicles.
Withdrawal or refusal of Authorised Examiner status and how to appeal
You will be notified in writing if the Vehicle and Operator Services
Agency (VOSA) intends to refuse your application for Authorised Examiner
If this happens, you may appeal in writing to your local VOSA office
within 14 days of receiving the notification. You may also request
an informal hearing.
Should no appeal be made within 14 days, VOSA will write to you confirming
its refusal to authorise your application.
Withdrawal of AE status
If you are approved as an AE but the service you are giving is found
to have shortcomings, VOSA may take disciplinary action. In serious
cases, it can also stop you operating as a vehicle testing station
Where authorisation of an AE has ceased for disciplinary reasons,
then anyone applying for AE status at the same VTS must be able to
prove that they are sufficiently independent from the parties the
action was taken against.