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RMI calls for statutory fee with MOT computerisation

The MOT test will continue to lose credibility unless the onset of computerisation is used to raise its status, claims the RMI.

RMI head of MOT and technical operations Ian Davis-Knight says: “With the onset of computerisation, there is an opportunity for industry, Government, and the enforcement agencies to raise the status of the MOT test. The launch of computerisation would be the ideal time to set the £40.75 fee as the statutory price, and prevent any testing station from undercutting it.”

So far the government has not indicated any sympathy for anything but a maximum MOT fee. The MVRA has ranged itself against the RMI in favour of preserving its members' right to use discounted or free MOT tests as an important servicing marketing instrument.

- Following delays to its original target implementation date, VOSA's MOT computerisation scheme is currently being piloted with selected stations, with the roll-out of the scheme now expected later this year.

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