Issue Date September 2010
6. Any authorisation by VOSA allows only the legal entity authorised to provide the testing service. If a
company is reconstituted in a way that leads to a new company registration and number being issued then
it will be regarded as a new entity and a new authorisation is needed. If, in a partnership, a partner leaves
or joins, the partnership becomes a new entity, so again a new authorisation is needed, as it is in the case
of a sole trader who takes on a partner or forms a company. (See also B3 paragraph 7).
7. Applications will be considered by VOSA following appropriate enquiries and inspections. Applicants will
be informed in writing as to the outcome of VOSAs considerations, which will have one of the following
a. Authorisation Granted. This will always have a standard set of conditions but may be subject to
additional conditions specified in the authorisation. Standard conditions include compliance with the
requirements of the MOT Testing Guide and the appropriate Inspection Manuals, as amended from
time to time; and Special Notices. Any additional conditions will be specified within the written
b. Approval in Principle (AIP) given. This will list items to be complied with before authorisation is
granted, and will include a time limit after which the AIP will expire. Where the applicant is not
prepared to comply with an item, or items, listed they must notify the local VOSA Office as soon as is
possible, and before the expiry date of the AIP. The application will then be dealt with as in c below.
c. Intention to Refuse notified. If VOSA, on behalf of the Secretary of State, intends to refuse an
application (the legal term is is minded to refuse), the applicant will be sent a letter. This will give the
reason(s) why VOSA intends to refuse the application. The applicant may, within 14 working days of
the date of the letter, appeal against the refusal and details of how to do this will be included in the
letter. This process follows the same procedures as an appeal against disciplinary action (see Section
I8). If an appeal is received within the deadline, it will be considered and the applicant told of the
outcome in due course. If no appeal is received, a further letter will be sent after the 14 working days
to confirm the refusal.
Every new AE is required to have at least one person, the AEDM, who has attended a VOSA MOT
Managers course that covers testing responsibilities, administrative arrangements, disciplinary and
appeal processes. The course is designed to help the AEDM to fully understand the role within the MOT
scheme. Attendees of this course will be designated a Trained Person (TP).
Note: Existing authorisations granted before 1 April 1995 do not require an AEDM to have attended the
MOT Managers Course. Appendix 1 gives more detail on the AEDM training requirements.