MOT Tester & Mechanics Background Check
MOT testers are responsible for conducting vehicle inspections, repairs, and maintenance and ensuring that vehicles comply with the standards as set out by the Ministry of Transport.
Due to the nature of this work, the government has recently introduced DBS Checks for MOT testers, mechanics and other individuals working in these testing centres. This will only be a first-tier check to confirm the individual’s identity and ensure that they do not have any unspent convictions.
Basic DBS Checks For MOT Testers
MOT Testers only require a basic check which will highlight any unspent criminal convictions or conditional cautions they may have. For this type of check, you can request the check yourself; however, the organisation you work for can also submit the request on your behalf.
MOT testers who have recently qualified, have been suspended and are looking to return to testing or MOT testers that have not conducted a test during the last five years will be required to obtain a DBS Check.
Through these checks, the DVSA aims to safeguard the integrity and quality of the MOT testing scheme.
Who Needs A DBS Check In The MOT Testing Industry?
Certain individuals working in MOT testing centres will be required to obtain a basic DBS check. The reason being is that the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is wanting to protect the integrity and quality of the MOT testing scheme.
For this reason, there are several individuals who will be required to get a DBS Check:
- Authorised examiner (AE)
- Authorised examiner designated manager (AEDM)
- MOT testers
- AEPs (sole traders, every partner in a partnership, or every director in a company)
- Site Managers & Admins
DBS Check for MOT Testers
MOT Testers are responsible for testing vehicle safety, roadworthiness and exhaust emissions.
Having these individuals undergo DBS Checks is just another way for the DVSA to oversee quality control in this area.
DBS Checks for Managers & Administration staff
Managers and admin staff help oversee the testing process in MOT centres.
To ensure the integrity of these individuals and that motorists receive a fair and honest service, they must also undergo a first-tier DBS Check.
Why Choose Care Check For Your DBS Check?
CareCheck is a leading umbrella body for the DBS and has been identified as one of the top 15 providers for criminal record checks within the UK. We process over 130,000 checks every year and, thanks to our online process, can provide a speedy service.
We are Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus accredited and all our data is held within an IOS27001 secure centre, so feel assured that you are safe in our hands.
Whether you are looking to submit multiple DBS checks simultaneously as part of a large recruitment drive, or simply applying for one check for a successful job applicant, our online system is easy to use. Applications are easy to submit; you can track the progress, view and download the report and see when the last check was submitted on our online platform.
Get in touch with us online or call us on 0333 777 8585 for more information or begin the process.
Frequently Asked Questions About Basic Checks for MOT Testers
MOT Testers who are already authorised will not need to obtain a DBS check. However, should you wish to make any changes or additions to your authorisation, then you will need to provide the DVSA with a DBS check. Alternatively, if any disciplinary action has been taken against you, then the DVSA is likely to ask for a basic check as well.
As of 1 November 2019, all MOT managers, testing and administrative staff are required to notify the DVSA if they are convicted and given one of the following punishments:
- A prison sentence of three months or more (or a suspended sentence).
- A community service order (or equivalent) where they are required to do unpaid work of 60 hours or more.
- A fine greater than a level 4 on the standard scale (£2,500).
- Any punishment imposed outside of the UK is equivalent to any one of these three points.