Memorandum by the Department of the Environment, Transport
and the Regions
MOTOR VEHICLES (TESTS) (AMENDMENT) (NO.
2) REGULATIONS 1997 (S.I. 1997/1679)
1. At its meeting on 22 July the Committee requested a memorandum
about this instrument on the following point.
Regulation 5 includes an increase in the fee payable for
the supply of 100 forms of test certificate from £36.00 to
£49.00. Explain the circumstances occasioning an increase
of this size.
2. By regulation 25(2) of the Motor Vehicles (Tests) Regulations
1981, the Secretary of State may make a charge at the prescribed
rate for the supply of 100 blank "MOT" test certificates.
In practice this charge is made by the Department's Vehicle Inspectorate
Executive Agency ("the Vehicle Inspectorate").
3. The day to day administration and supervision of the "MOT"
testing scheme by the Vehicle Inspectorate is entirely funded
by income generated from the supply of blank "MOT" test
certificates. The charge made under regulation 25(2) is set at
a level which enables the Inspectorate to recover the costs of
carrying out this function. This charge is reviewed annually to
ensure that the income for the subsequent year will enable the
Inspectorate to maintain an adequate level of management and supervision
in respect of the 19,000 private sector "MOT" testing
4. With effect from 1 August the prescribed rate will be
increased by £13. Of this, £6 is necessary to offset
a projected deficit resulting not only from an increase in both
postal and printing costs but also from the supply of fewer test
certificates during the last 12 months than was initially forecast.
The balance of the increase will be used to fund the procurement
of a central computer database which will be linked to all "MOT"
testing stations. This will enable the Inspectorate to improve
its administration and supervision and to disseminate information
to testing stations more efficiently. In due course, computerisation
is expected to contribute towards both an improvement in testing
standards and an increase in compliance with the requirement to
have vehicles "MOT" tested.
19th July 1997