New MOT garage manager security checks to be introduced

Technicians applying to become AE or AEDMs must have DBS check from November.

Security checks for MOT garage owners and managers are set to get simpler and better thanks to the introduction of DBS checks, DVSA has announced.

From 1 November, anyone applying to be an authorised examiner (AE) or authorised examiner designated manager (AEDM) will need to have a basic DBS check to verify the applicant’s identity and check for any unspent convictions.

The DVSA is introducing DBS checks to prevent people who might damage the integrity of the MOT scheme from holding positions of authority at test centres.

DVSA head of MOT policy, Chris Price said: “We’re always looking for ways to make our processes less complicated and more secure.

“Bringing in DBS checks for MOT managers and owners helps us do this.

“For DVSA, it means we can protect the integrity of the MOT, and it makes the process simpler for applicants.

“That’s a win-win.”

From 1 November 2019, MOT testing staff, managers and administrative staff must tell the DVSA if they get a conviction where a prison sentence of three months or more, a fine exceeding £2,500 or a community service order of more than 60 hours unpaid work is imposed.

The new process is to replace the countersigning of driving licences or passports to check credentials and will be carried out solely through GOV.UK.

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