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RMIF warns on real-time MoT monitoring

MoT testing stations are now being monitored in real-time as a result of MoT computerisation, so sites must also scrutinize their own activities so any abnormalities can be dealt with, warns the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF).

MoT computerisation has given the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) previously unparalleled access to vast amounts of data on each test station, which they are using to assess each site’s activities, as well as gauge overall trends in testing through a new ‘traffic light’ risk assessment system.

This will appraise potential risk at each site, and will determine VOSA’s future enforcement strategy.

MoT testing stations need to have a management system in place so that relevant reports can be analysed and any abnormalities investigated.

Stephen Coles, head of the RMIF’s MoT operations team, said: “VOSA can access your test information whenever they choose, without needing to visit your test station. You won’t even know that they are checking you.

“The site manager should obtain a Test Log Report for every month and cross reference each test completed against a job number or other means to ensure that there are no unaccounted tests.

Each site should review the Performance Report, Test Log and Garage Information File Report once each month as a minimum.”

In the future MoT testing stations perceived by VOSA to be low risk sites will have phone-based assessments conducted remotely by VOSA staff in Swansea.

Coles commented: “They will expect you to have knowledge of any data peculiarities that are being highlighted and for you to be able to explain any possible reasons and actions that have been taken.

"Ignorance or not having the ability to give credible answers could lead to the site having their risk score re-appraised or receiving a visit from VOSA."

RMIF members that require advice or assistance on the issue should contact the RMIF’s MoT operations team.

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