Photos: MOT database targets illegal cars

Photos: MOT database targets illegal cars

Summary: 18,500 garages finally linked to delayed system

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  • 18,500 garages finally linked to delayed system

    The MOT computerisation project is the single biggest change to the testing scheme since it was introduced in the 1960s. The 10-year £230m private finance initiative (PFI) contract was awarded by the Vehicle & Operator Services Agency (Vosa) to Siemens Business Services (SBS) in 2000.

    Vosa began linking garages to the central database last April and has now completed the rollout to all 18,500 authorised MOT testing stations in the UK - three years later than originally planned.

    But Alex Fiddes, director of the private vehicles sector at Vosa, told silicon.com: "This is not a simple IT system and we said we would not rush to meet artificially imposed milestones."

    Photo credit: Siemens Business Services

  • Garages and testing stations are equipped with a printer, PC, smart card reader and modem free of charge (above is a screenshot from a garage testing station PC). Vosa pays SBS £1.09 for every pass carried out using the MOT system.

    SBS established two mainframes in Blackpool which hold the central MOT database of vehicle information, test results and details of authorised examiners and testers. The garages and Vosa are connected to this database.

    Police can use the system to check MOT certificates, and the system will link in with automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) databases which can check against a list of vehicles without MOT certificates in future.

    The MOT computerisation project aims to take a million illegal and dangerous cars off the UK's roads and provide greater protection for motorists and consumers.

    Photo credit: Siemens Business Services

  • Each authorised user of the MOT system in the garages and testing stations is provided with a smartcard with a contactless chip, which has their personal photograph on the front.

    The tester can access the system by placing the smartcard in the reader provided and entering their password.

    The vehicle is then registered for a test by entering the registration mark and chassis number to match the DVLA record, which will provide the tester with all the information relevant for the vehicle being tested. If a match cannot be found with a DVLA record, a new record is created based on the vehicle details presented.

    Photo credit: Siemens Business Services

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