MOT testing service users are to get a new security card later this year to replace the current PIN system, points out the NMDA. The DVSA says the card will make the MOT service more secure.
The card will work just like online banking security. Every time the button on the front of the card is pressed the user will get a unique six-digit personalised identification number (PIN) which will be required after the user ID and password.
“Over the last month we’ve been trialling the new card with some vehicle testing stations (VTSs),” says the DVSA. “So far feedback has been positive. One tester said: ‘It’s good, easy to use, an improvement’.
“Another said: ‘The cards are better than using the current PIN as there is no number to remember and it seems more secure’.
“Following the success of this initial trial we’ll continue to test the cards with more VTSs over the summer. Testing them like this will make sure that we can keep making improvements to how you use the card before everyone gets one.”
Look out for more details about this card over the next few months.
Meanwhile, the NMDA’s parent company, the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF) has scheduled another Motorcycle Tester Course to meet demand. The course, which will run between Wednesday 5 October – Friday 7 October, is aimed at anyone wanting to become an MOT Tester for Class 1 and 2 vehicles.
Over the three days, the course will cover:
- Relevant acts and regulations
- Tools for the job
- When you can refuse to begin a test
- Use of the testing manual
- Standards and procedures
- Documentation and security
- Use of the online MOT testing service
- Routine inspection
- Classes of vehicle
On completion of the course, you will be qualified as an MOT tester for class 1 and 2 vehicles. Once this qualification has been awarded, you will be able to apply to the DVSA to be authorised as an MOT tester for class 1 and 2 vehicles.
Book on 0845 305 4230
For more information about the RMI Academy and the other courses it offers, visit www.RMItrainingAcademy.co.uk.