HC Deb 24 January 1977 vol 924 cc483-4W
Mr. Hoyle

asked the Secretary of State for Transport on what basis garages are selected to carry out MOT tests; what are the reasons why garages have been disqualified from carrying out MOT tests; how many garages have been disqualified from carrying out MOT tests in 1976; and what percentage this represents of the garages authorised to carry out these tests.

Mr. Horam

Authorisation to test is given to any person or organisation satisfying the Department that suitable premises, equipment and personnel are available. Reasons for disqualification include the improper issue of test certificates, sub-standard testing observed by an inspecting officer of the Department, and conviction of an authorised examiner for an offence connected with the motor trade. There were 101 withdrawals of authorisation in 1976, roughtly 0.6 per cent. of the total.

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