How to setup and MOT Facility.
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- What you need to set up and start testing
- Apply for authorised examiner status
- Equipment and premises
- Meeting ongoing standards
1) What you need to set up and start testing
You must meet a number of legal requirements if you want to set up an MOT test station.
Set up the test station
- suitable premises and approved equipment for the vehicle classes you want to test
- an authorised examiner (AE)
The AE is an individual, partnership or company authorised by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). The AE is responsible for making sure that:
- MOT tests are properly conducted
- the test facilities and equipment are checked and well-maintained
- MOT documents are correctly stored and access to electronic MOT test systems is only given to eligible users
- the MOT testers are assessed correctly and complete training and assessments
- DVSA staff have access to the premises for checks on staff and equipment
- DVSA is informed about significant changes to the business within 7 working days
Start MOT testing
Before you can carry out MOT testing you also need:
- an MOT manager to run the test centre
- an MOT tester approved for the vehicle classes you want to test
The MOT manager must have taken an approved course, for example the former 2-day DVSA course or a level 3 award in MOT Test Centre Management.
Find an MOT manager qualification course and book it with the course provider.
You have to pay to take the course. The price is set by the course provider.
2) Apply for Authorised Examiner Status
Send form VT01 to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). The address is on the form.
Use the same form if you already have AE status and want to open a test station.
The application form has guidance notes explaining the information you need to include. There is no fee.
If your application is refused, DVSA will write to you - you can appeal the decision and ask for a hearing by writing to DVSA within 14 days.
When you must reapply
You must reapply for AE status if your company is reconstructed in a way that means it’s given a new company registration number.
3) Equipment and premises
You need to make sure that your equipment and premises are suitable for the vehicle classes you plan to test.
You need to have a:
- computer, laptop or tablet with internet connection
These need to met the minimum IT specification.
Approved testing equipment
Different classes of vehicle need different specialist test equipment.
You must make sure you have at least the minimum level for each vehicle class you’re approved to test.
All equipment must be kept in good working order and calibrated properly.
Download the lists of approved equipment for:
- brake pedal application devices
- diesel smoke meters
- exhaust gas analysers (catalyst vehicles)
- exhaust gas analysers (non-catalyst vehicles)
- floor/pull along brake testers
- hand held devices
- headlamp aim testers
- oil temperature measurement devices (these are sometimes integral to diesel smoke meters)
- plate brake testers
- roller brake testers
- speed limiters
- tow bar socket testers
- tyre tread depth gauges
- wheel play detectors
There are 3 categories of decelerometers:
- category A are approved for all classes of vehicle
- category B are approved for class 3, 4, 5 and 7 vehicles
- category C are approved for class 1 and 2 vehicles
You need to make sure your premises are suitable and testing bay sizes are correct for the vehicle classes you’ll be testing. You can find the minimum standards in the MOT testing guide.
Approval in principle
Your premises will be given an approval in principle when you apply for authorised examiner (AE) status. This will help you avoid committing to expensive work or alterations before your premises are approved.
If you’ve already got AE status and want to make changes to the test facilities, write to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) before you make any changes. Include supporting drawings, to show that the changes won’t affect the testing station’s approval.
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Meeting ongoing standards
You must clearly and publicly display the MOT test fees and appeals poster (VT9A) in your station.
You should conduct regular checks to make sure your MOT testing station meets the best practice standards at all times.
Prepare for site assessments
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will carry out regular risk-based site assessments of your station to make sure you continue to meet the standards.
This will involve checking your station is well maintained and that it offers clean and comfortable facilities, eg suitable customer waiting areas.
The risk scoring guide explains how site assessments are carried out and what evidence is used to decide if an MOT test station is at the required standard. You can use it together with the MOT site assessment calculator to help you see what results you might get from a site assessment.
Learn about changes to MOT rules
DVSA uses ‘special notices’ to tell you about changes to the MOT scheme. Authorised examiners (AEs) receive these automatically within the online MOT testing service.
If your service isn’t good enough
DVSA can take disciplinary action or stop you operating as a testing station if your service isn’t good enough.
If you lose AE status for disciplinary reasons, anyone else applying for AEstatus at the same test station must prove they’re sufficiently independent from you.