Computerisation of the MOT test Work is currently underway to computerise the paperwork related to the MOT testing scheme. The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) is carrying out the work in partnership with Siemens Business Services.
The system has changed because VOSA needs to:
Improve testing standards
• providing accurate, up-to-date information for the MOT testing stations;
• collecting better information;
• monitoring test standards more closely; and,
• improving the quality of MOT documents.
Reduce theft and fraud associated
with MOT certificates by:
• closer monitoring;
• tighter control of certificates; and,
• reducing dependence on paper certificates
Improve administration by:
• passing information to and from garages electronically;
• automatically collecting and updating information;
• providing electronic ordering and payment systems; and,
• improving the way records are kept.
Improve consumer protection
and confidence in the MOT
• ensuring more consistent standards;
• enabling the general public to check if a vehicle passed or failed an MOT; and,
• improving protection and making it easier to detect fraud.
Access to the system for authorised users is via electronic smart cards and a password.
So what does this mean to
The MOT certificate is 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 can 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).