MOT Testing Information - MOT Computerisation
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MOT Computerisation
MOT Computerisation

Since April 2005 the MOT test has been computerised – a process which Government expect to complete by the end of March 2006. This means that all MOT paperwork will become computerised.

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Computerised MOT - Why Change to Computerisation?...

The system is being changed because VOSA needs to improve MOT testing standards by:
  • Providing accurate and up-to-date information for the MOT testing stations
  • Collecting better information
  • Monitering test standards more closely
  • Improving the quality of MOT documents
VOSA also intend to reduce theft and fraud in association with MOT certificates by:
  • closer monitoring
  • tighter control of certificates
  • reducing dependence on paper certificates
MOT computerisation will also help to improve administration by:
  • passing information to and from garages electronically
  • automatically collecting and updating information
  • providing electronic ordering and payment systems
  • improving the way records are kept
VOSA also intend to improve customer protection and confidence in the MOT test by:
  • ensuring more consistent standards
  • enabling the general public to check if a vehicle passed or failed an MOT
  • improving protection and making it easier to detect fraud

What Does MOT Computerisation Mean for Testing Stations?...

The change involved all 18,500 MOT testing stations in the UK. They hav been provided with PCs, monitors and printers and connected to a central database of vehicle information, test results and details of authorised examiners and testers.

Access to the system will be for authorised users via electronic smart cards and a password.
The MOT computerisation software has been developed and trialled. Only once this had been completed to the satisfaction of both VOSA and the trade it was given to all vehicle testing stations (VTS).

What Does MOT Computerisation Mean for Motorists?...

The new style MOT test certificate is considerably different from the current version. It is larger (A4 instead of A5) and will not feature either a watermark or an embossed stamp. This is because VOSA is moving the proof of MOT status away from a paper based system onto a secure central database.

The new certificate will feature a tear off sticker to remind motorists of when their next test is due and will alert motorists to whether an advisory notice was issued at the time of test.

You will not notice any difference when you take your vehicle for a test, except that the MOT certificate will be in a new format. However, the details of the test will be recorded on the database at the same time as your documents are produced.

For motorists the main feature of the new system is that you can check the MOT status and test history of any vehicle that you own, or are considering buying.

You will be able to do this either by calling an enquiry number or by visiting a website. If you are buying a vehicle, you will need the current owner's permission. If there is any doubt about the validity of a test certificate, the system will provide you with certain key details of information including recorded mileage and any advisory items found at the time of the MOT test.

The facility to check the MOT history of the vehicle will provide full test details for all the tests undertaken on the vehicle since the system was computerised.

It is hoped that this will encourage motorists to obtain the test history of vehicles before buying so they can make a more informed judgement.

If you have any further queries about MOT computerisation call the MOT enquiry line on 0845 600 5977 (calls charged at local rate).
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