Driver And Vehicle Standards Agency To Name And Shame Bad MOT Garages
The Driver And Vehicle Standards Agency will soon name and shame Vehicle Testing Stations that have been removed from the MOT Scheme via disciplinary action. Garages could be banned for not providing a reasonable level of service, etc. This follows an announcement from Justine Greening MP which stressed that the Government is committed to making life easier for motorists. As such, the Agency – that will launch in April 2014 and incorporate the Driving Standards Agency and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency – will issue monthly e-mails to interested parties. These will reveal the Stations that have been removed, their locations and the reasons for exclusion, etc. The benefit of making this information easily available is that it will help motorists make informed decisions. A driver might, for example, choose not to take his/her car to a garage that has been excluded, even for a minor repair. Why bother when there are countless mechanics that provide excellent service for a fair charge? Furthermore, if mechanics know that their errors – or perhaps laziness - will be public knowledge it might encourage them to reconsider their work ethic – and that might benefit motorists.
MOT Scheme Enforcement In The United Kingdom
The MOT Scheme ensures that – as far as practical – cars, motorbikes and vans are assessed consistently and correctly throughout the country. There are about twenty thousands garages permitted to evaluate vehicles in this manner, and they can be identified via the MOT Logo that incorporates a blue background and three white triangles. Naturally, Vehicle Testing Stations have to meet certain standards and compliance is enforced via a variety of measures. These include re-testing recently assessed vehicles to confirm the original conclusions are correct. There are mystery shoppers too. This might require an enforcer to send a car for a test knowing it has a blown exhaust, worn brakes and a light on the dashboard that suggests the electronic stability program is faulty. He/she then notes whether the mechanic spots these errors. The mechanic should not, in contrast, invent problems to increase revenue. Furthermore, Vehicle Testing Stations fees are limited so they cannot charge more than £54.85 to test cars that have up to eight passenger seats. They can charge less, however – and many do as a marketing technique. Other fees include: motorbikes (£29.65), motorbikes with side-cars (£37.80), motor caravans (£54.85), ambulances (£54.85) and playbuses (£80.65).