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The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation

DVSA Special Notice: Covid-19 temporary policy changes

Date: Thursday 09 July 2020

The DVSA has issued a special notice to garages relating to inspection procedures, calibrations, test certificates and viewing areas in respect of measures for dealing with COVID19.

1.  Background and guidance
MOT testing can be safely conducted during the Coronavirus pandemic, this special notice confirms relaxation to certain rules to enable test stations to remain open and test safely.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-mot-centre-and-tester-guidance

Testing stations should continue to follow the government guidance for working safely during the coronavirus pandemic. There might be slightly differing guidance for England, Scotland, and Wales. MOT testing can be safely done, whilst following that guidance.

You should always follow safe working rules as appropriate to government advice:

England https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/vehicles
Scotland https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-returning-to-work/
Wales https://gov.wales/staying-local-social-distancing

2.  Inspection procedures (use of assistants)
For most parts of the test, it is possible to maintain safe distance from others, an assistant is still required for some parts of the test for example operating controls etc.

This may not be possible for motorcycle testing or for front suspension checks on cars, private buses, and light commercial vehicles.

To assist with this, policy has been adjusted to:

Where assistants are needed, and safe distance is not possible then government guidance should be followed on safety precautions to take. This will mean:

3.  Calibration of test equipment
AEs must ensure all MOT equipment calibration is up to date.

DVSA understand that currently there may be difficulty making arrangements to calibrate equipment.

Where equipment cannot be recalibrated, testing may only continue when:

Where any test equipment is not functioning correctly or is unsafe, irrespective of its calibration status, testing must cease immediately.

The two exceptions outlined in the MOT testing guide, page 20 item number 4, remain unchanged.

4.Test certificates
The requirement to issue a paper VT20 pass certificate is not required, unless the customer makes a specific request to have one.

A paper VT30 fail certificate should always be issued.

Customers can download and print certificates from the Check MOT history service, they will need the vehicle registration number and the 11 digit V5C reference number.

5. MOT viewing areas
Until further notice viewing areas can remain closed to maintain a safe environment for site staff and the public.

Some vehicle testing stations may also choose to close or modify reception and waiting areas to ensure social distancing can be maintained. We recognise that access to the MOT notice board may be restricted due to this.