Harry Leahey

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A significant update to the annual MoT test will incorporate real-time vehicle recall information from today, providing testers and motorists access to the latest data on safety recalls. 


The move means the UK's Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will now include real-time vehicle recall information in its MoT Testing Service (MTS), MoT history, MoT reminders, and MoT certificates.


This breakthrough was made possible through the cooperation of major manufacturers such as Toyota, VW and Ford, who have agreed to share their data. 


For vehicles manufactured by companies that have not yet joined the data-sharing initiative, the existing monthly data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) will remain available.


It's worth mentioning that while the real-time recall information will not be included on the MoT certificate, testers and the public will now have access to up-to-date vehicle recall data for approximately 50 percent of all vehicles.


With immediate effect, MoT testing stations will include information about unaddressed or unrepaired safety recalls on the supplementary print-out provided after a pass or fail. 


Although failing the MoT solely due to an unaddressed safety recall won't be possible, the print-out will now encompass advisory items, including details about any outstanding recalls. This move aims to keep vehicle owners informed about potential safety issues and encourage them to promptly address any recall concerns.


Chris Price, Head of MoT Policy at the DVSA said: "I’m really pleased that we can announce this latest improvement to our MoT digital services," 


"We want to improve safety recall rectification rates. Providing ‘live’ recall data and marking it more available to motorists, will further help everyone to keep vehicles safe to drive on Britain’s roads."

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Harry Leahey 21/07/23