MOT test changes come into effect

Two male mechanics wearing blue jumpsuit working under a car

This week sees a big shift that will affect every driver in the UK when their car is being MOT’d. Every year once the car turns three years old, the DVSA system requires a thorough mechanical check of the complete vehicle.

But as of April 29, they implemented a significant new change that will completely change how drivers obtain the results of their MOT tests. Traditionally, the mechanic would provide you with an overview of the MOT and any components that passed or failed, which usually included inspections of the car’s brakes, tyres, headlights, mirrors, and other vital compon
ents, according to the Express.

The DVSA has now largely done away with paper printouts and announced that, going forward, test certificates would be issued digitally in an effort to make the procedure more “green.”

The DVSA’s Gordon Thomson said: “Now that we’re able to offer certificates digitally via the MOT history service, we want to move away from issuing a paper copy of pass certificates at the time of test.”

“The MOT history service contains the digital test record for every vehicle. It provides the most up to date and secure way to check the MOT history. Using this service also reduces the need for paper and is more environmentally friendly.”

“Now that digital certificates are available, from 29 April this year we are going to stop printing MOT pass certificates, by default, at the time of the test. In most cases, you won’t need the physical piece of paper and I’d encourage you to view the vehicle’s record on MOT history instead ensuring the details on the certificate are correct and check for any advisory items.

“But, by exception, the VSA will still print a copy if you really need one for example, if you have any difficulties accessing the internet. We will continue to print failure certificates for the time being. We are considering whether to take the same approach with failures in the future and it would be useful to receive any thoughts or comments you may have.

“We will of course let you know if we intend to change or approach moving forward.”

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