Abbreviations & Definitions


Abandon The term used when a test cannot be completed because the Tester considers it unsafe to continue or because it becomes apparent during the test that certain items cannot be satisfactorily inspected. An appropriate fee may be charged for the test.

Abort The term used when a test cannot be completed because of a problem with the VTS’s/DCs testing equipment or the Tester. No fee may be charged for the test.

AE Authorised Examiner - the organisation that operates and manages one or more VTSs and is responsible for controlling the quality of testing carried out. Except in the case of a ‘sole trader’ the AE is not a person but a legal entity (e.g. a company or partnership).

AED The AE Delegate is a Person appointed by the AE Designated Manager to act on their behalf on a temporary or permanent basis. Note: this does not devolve the ultimate responsibility held by the AE.

AEDM The AE Designated Manager is the person who represents the AE and who has normally attended the MOT Management Course. Typically an AE Principal but in larger organisations may be a senior manager with responsibility for the totality of the entity's MOT testing operations.

AEP AE Principal - Authorised Examiner Principal is a person who is legally responsible for the entity i.e. every partner in a partnership; every director in a company; or the sole trader in person.

AEC The Authorised Examiner Consultant (AEC) is a non-mandatory role. AE’s may assign this role to consultants they use to provide advice on MOT standards and how to run the MOT centre.

ATL Automated Test Lane. These are authorised by DVSA for use in the automated mode and where the tester has the option of not using an assistant if so desired.

Catch Up The process where test data recorded while testing under Contingency Testing is subsequently entered. Cessation The process by which an authorisation, approval or designation is brought to an end.

Cessation is used in place of the previous terms for termination/surrender or withdrawal of an Authorisation/Designation or disqualification of a Tester/Inspector.

CT Contingency Testing, the process by which testing may continue when the computerised system is not available due to a wide scale failure affecting a significant number of VTSs.

CT20 An MOT Test Certificate for issue during a period of Contingency Testing.

CT30 A notice of refusal of a MOT Test Certificate for issue during a period of Contingency Testing.

DC Designated Council. Local Authorities authorised to carry out MOT tests.

Department (the) Department for Transport. The Government Department, which carries out the functions of the Secretary of State and under which DVSA operates.

DGW Design Gross Weight –- i.e. the maximum gross weight at which the vehicle was designed to operate. This is normally found on a plate fixed to the vehicle by the manufacturer or in the case of older or heavier vehicles by a `Ministry Plate’'. Such plates are not required on all vehicles.

Duplicate test documents A copy of the set of documents issued at the time of the test for which the duplicate is required. VT20/VT20W, VT30/VT30W

DVLA Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. An agency of the Department for Transport responsible for driver and vehicle licensing.

DVSA The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.

Group A Collectively describes test classes 1 and 2

Group B Collectively describes test classes 3, 4, 5 and 7

Issue of Test Documents Issue - Means when the record is electronically accepted or a CT test document is signed by the Tester.

MOT Tester Qualification Course Level 2 Award in MOT Testing awarded to an applicant following the successful completion of an MOT course. The award is for testing classes 1 and 2 or classes 4 and 7. Previously the Nominated Tester Training course.

MOT Manager Course Level 3 Award in MOT Test Centre Management awarded following the successful completion of the MOT Managers course. The course is typically for AEs and AEDMs. This course is also available for other staff to develop their knowledge of MOT management. An AE must, unless exempted, have one person who has attended this course. Previously the MOT Managers course or AE course.

MOT Manager A person filling a VTS management function – AEDM, AED or SM.

MOT Service Formally known as the MOT Scheme or MOT Testing Scheme

MOT Testing Service The computer system and database used to manage MOT test records

Notify DVSA Inform DVSA office in writing, by letter, email or fax

Officer of a Company An officer of a company is as defined in Section 744 of the Companies Act 1985, as amended or replaced by later legislation. An officer is a director, manager or secretary. In particular note that a manager has a specific meaning in that Act rather than its more normal meaning. Details of all officers are generally required to be notified to the registrar of companies.

OPTL One Person Test Lane. These are lanes authorised by DVSA to conduct testing where the tester has the option of not using an assistant if so desired.

PRS Pass after Rectification at Station -The process where minor defects may be rectified within one hour after the test, but before recording the results on the MOT Testing Service.

QC Quality Control

QM Quality Management. The system or processes used by the AE to manage the quality of testing and operations in their VTSs.

RBT Roller Brake Tester

Regulations (the) The Motor Vehicles (Tests) Regulations 1981 as amended.

SA Site Administrator is a person who can carry out VTS administrative functions.

Secretary of State Refers to the Secretary of State for Transport.

SM Site Manager responsible for the day to day running of one or more VTSs.

Security Card Is a card issued to an authorised user to access the MOT database via the MOT Testing Service.

SN Special Notice –- an official notice issued from time to time by DVSA to inform AEs, Testers and other system users of changes to the testing scheme. SNs may also be used to highlight areas of concern and to advise of developments to the Service.

Sole Trader An individual carrying out business on his own behalf rather than on behalf of a partnership, company or other body.

Tester MOT Tester - a person appointed by an AE to carry out tests, Inspectors appointed by Designated Councils to carry out tests, all of which are approved by DVSA. Also DVSA staff appointed under section 66A of the Road Traffic Act.

Test Slots A test slot is a chargeable unit that enables the registration of a computerised test.

ULW Unladen weight –- The weight of the vehicle inclusive of the body and all parts which are ordinarily used with the vehicle when working on a road. (Unladen weight does not include the weight of water or fuel used for the propulsion of the vehicle, or of loose tools and loose equipment).

V5C Vehicle Registration Certificate issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

VT20 An MOT Test Certificate, which includes separate English andWelsh language versions (VT20W) and which may also incorporate advisory information.

VT29 An MOT Inspection Check List used by a Tester during a test for vehicles other than motor bicycles (see VT29M).

VT29M Motorcycle MOT Inspection Check List used by a Tester during a motor bicycle test.

VT30 A notice of refusal of a MOT Test Certificate which includes separate English and Welsh language versions (VT30W) and which may also incorporate advisory information.

VT32 An advisory notice issued to the vehicle presenter advising the outcome of an inspection carried out by a DVSA examiner. Includes the English/Welsh dual language version (VT32W).

VIN Vehicle Identification Number, also includes chassis or frame number.

VRM Vehicle Registration Mark.

VTS Vehicle Testing Station

Working days Working days exclude Saturdays, Sundays, Good Friday, Christmas Day or a bank holiday under the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971.

Written or in writing Wherever the terms ‘written’ or ‘in writing’ are used they should be taken to include correspondence via e-mail or recorded electronically