Cameras in garages trial paused

A trial exploring the use of “connected cameras” in garages, which it is hoped will reduce the risk of errors during MOT tests, has been paused.

Run by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) the pilot scheme was being run to assess the viability of using devices, like a smartphone or a tablet, to take a photo of the vehicle’s number plate and upload it to MOT testing service (MTS). 

This, the DVSA said, would allow for fewer mistakes being made when the registrations were entered in manually.

“Avoiding those errors – from memory we see several tens of thousands a year – avoids a whole load of hassle for motorists when they come to tax their car and DVSA or the garage in putting things right,” Neil Barlow, the DVSA’s head of vehicle policy and engineering said.

A second trial, which was due to begin recently, has now been paused as “we need to do some enabling security work first”, confirmed the DVSA’s MOT policy chief Chris Price.

He added: “It’s important we make sure MTS is protected against viruses or other bugs that could occur when people are uploading photos – hence this taking a little bit longer.”

Details on when the second phase will begin will be released at a later date.

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