MOT changes: New connected technology will stop garage scams and speed up tests
DVSA explains 2018 MOT test changes
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KwikFit MOT scheme manager, Eric Smith said “progression does take place” and hinted it wouldn’t be too long before garages had the new technology. The DVSA said they would move towards more connected technology at a press conference back in December.
The new tools are expected to boost efficiency and reduce the risk of drivers being caught out by scammers or inaccurate testers.
Mr Smith said he was “amazed” at how much connected technology he had installed.
He warned introducing the new tools would be similar to previous updates garages have had to deal with, such as the introduction of diesel checks in 1994.
Mr Smith said: “There used to be a sign inside your garage saying catalytic converter tested here.
“Then diesel cars tested here because years ago they didn’t do the diesel testing. They brought it on in that manner.
“Then eventually, and it wasn’t that long to be quite honest everyone was doing cats and diesels.
“Out of all 23,000 garages, I don’t know anyone that isn’t doing cats and diesels.
“Progression in itself does take place, it really does crack on.”
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But Mr Smith did warn he believed garages could be “moving forward” with installing more MOT connected technology.
The new tools make it impossible to input any information or MOT test results unless a car is sitting on the bed.
This cuts out the opportunity for scammers to break into a system and pass a car without the vehicle being present.
It also stops the risk of human error made by car mechanics who could accidentally put in the wrong details.
This could eliminate road users being unfairly stopped by police offices for failing a test when there is nothing wrong with their cars.
Speaking in December, Neil Barlow, head of road policy at the DVSA said the updates would help the efficiency” of tests.
Neil Barlow said: “We’re talking about particularly the metered parts of the MOT test and being able to electronically connect those to our IT.
“There’s effectively a web-based service that captures MOT results at the moment, predominantly that’s MOT testers typing in MOT results.
“But for things like a roller brake tester, emissions kit, headlights, it’s possible to connect that type of kit to the web service.
“That helps on a couple of fronts. It should help from an efficiency point of view in an MOT garage.
“It gives a much greater certainty that an MOT tester has done an MOT but also it captures richer data and gives us all a richer data set which allows us to improve safety.”
The MOT test was last overhauled in 2018 with a range of tougher measures introduced from a harder emissions test to new defect categories.
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