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A garage owner and 5 MOT testers in Yeovil have been given 28 day testing bans after the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) found that they had illegally failed to test diesel vehicle emissions.
During a routine visit, in April, DVSA staff found that testers at Yeovil Audi continued to pass diesel vehicles while their emissions testing equipment was broken. Missing emissions reports for completed MOTs led to the revelation that emissions testing equipment had not been on site since 25 March 2017.
The agency visited again in May where it interviewed members of staff. It emerged that during a 9 day period, testers at the garage had carried out MOT tests on 49 diesel vehicles without doing emissions checks, meaning that the vehicles were not properly tested.
By law, vehicles must have their emissions tested during an MOT. The testers at Yeovil Audi were found to be grossly negligent in issuing MOT pass certificates without undertaking the required emissions tests. The garage could have continued to carry out MOT tests on petrol vehicles without the separate diesel emissions testing equipment, but they continued testing diesel vehicles too.
As a result of the site visit and subsequent investigation, five MOT testers and the garage owner have lost their authorisation to conduct MOTs for 28 days.
DVSA Chief Executive, Gareth Llewellyn, said:
“DVSA’s priority is helping you keep your vehicle safe to drive. We take the quality of MOT testing extremely seriously, have carried out 24,000 garage checks and continue to work with the industry to improve test quality.
“We’ll withdraw the right to provide MOTs, and even prosecute garages who fail to meet the required standards, including those who pose a risk to air quality by failing to carry out emissions tests on vehicles.”
Last year (2016/17) DVSA staff carried out over 24,000 garage checks. These resulted in 761 warnings or disqualifications being issued to MOT garages or testers who carried out improper tests that endanger road users.
Enforcing emissions checks of diesel vehicles is one of a number of measures DVSA is taking to support the government’s strategy to improve air quality. From August this year the agency has been including emissions cheat devices in the roadside checks it conducts on lorries in Britain’s roads.