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RMI set to help ensure test quality for MoT stations

MoT Stations will have to look at changing and possibly enhancing how they manage test quality, says the RMI, as the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced that its new MoT computer system will not record quality control checks.

The RMI says authorised examiners (AE’s) will still need to provide evidence to the DVSA in the future as to how they are managing test quality.

The DVSA has stated that the AE’s should have in place a system sufficient to enable AEs to discharge their responsibility to adequately manage quality.

The RMI has pledged that it will “support all RMI members that already have a fully encompassing QC solution".

RMI director Stuart James said: “We are already working closely with the DVSA to assist garages and enhance their internal QC procedures. Our own dedicated MoT operations team conducts MoT site assessments, including all the areas that the DVSA focuses on during its own site assessments, including observing an MoT."

The announcement from the DVSA comes at a time when the garage trade is already anticipating a switch to a new web based MoT testing system, which is due be completed by September 2015.

Bringing MoT testing online is part of the wider government MOT modernisation project, which aims to improve road safety and test quality by simplifying MoT policies and processes.

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