MOT test changes as new technology aimed at cutting out human errors is introduced

MOT tests previously relied on engineers to manually note information which could lead to human errors. The new equipment claims to reduce or eliminate incorrect results which could have a major pay-off for motorists. The new system claims to stop the wrong vehicle identification numbers and mileage figures being entered. Wrong mileage could add value to a car when owners put it up for sale. Vehicle data company HPI estimated prices could rise by as much as £4,000 if mileage is incorrect.

This new system would potentially prevent mistakes and cause fewer issues for motorists having to change incorrect information later down the line.

New technology will also better assess a car’s headlights and send information straight into the system.

The DVSA claims the new system will help prevent fraud as a test can only be recorded if the accurate technology system is used.

Technology can also save time it takes to carry out an MOT test as results will be recorded by the computer instantly.

Each test should take a couple of minutes faster to carry out, meaning garages could service more cars during the day and not leave customers waiting.

Number plate checks are also up for discussion, with DVSA experts saying they are looking into adding this as part of the annual test.

Number plate recognition ANPR cameras would be used on each vehicle to register a test had taken place and reduce the likelihood of fraud.  

The DVSA says the Garage Equipment Association is onboard with the sweeping changes and has backed the proposals.

Ian Wills, the authorised examiner designated manager at a test centre in Deptford told the DVSA the new equipment has offered more accurate results and quicker service for customers,

He added: “We are always seeking ways to reduce workloads on our testers and with the equipment now being connected, it removes any ambiguity, ensuring safer vehicles for our customers.”

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