At the end of 1986 all police forces in England, Wales and Scotland introduced Vehicle Defect Rectification Schemes
(VDRS). The aim was to improve road safety by checking that defects noted by the police are put right - something that
prosecution does not necessarily ensure. AEs are invited to take part in the VDRS scheme because of their experience
in such work, but co-operation is voluntary.
Queries about the procedure, the content or completion of defect forms (see 3 below) and other relevant matters should
be directed to the police force that issued the document, not the Department or VOSA.
K2 Vehicle Defect Form
When a police officer finds a fault on any vehicle that is, or will be, required to have an MOT test certificate, they may
issue a Vehicle Defect Rectification Form instead of advising or prosecuting the driver or issuing a prohibition notice.
Once the defect is rectified, the form is endorsed by an NT to confirm that this has been done adequately. The driver
and/or owner must then return the completed form in the manner instructed on the form within the specified time, usually
14 days to avoid prosecution for the defects. Alternatively, to avoid prosecution, the driver and/or owner may produce
evidence that the vehicle has been scrapped.
K3 Role of the VTS
A VTS may be asked to verify that the faults have been rectified and to endorse the form, or to rectify the faults as well. If
a vehicle is presented at a VTS that is not authorised to test that class of vehicle, the driver should be told to go to an
appropriate station (unless the defects are absolutely straightforward, e.g. a light not working).
An NT should carry out the examination and once satisfied that all defects listed on the form (whether testable or not)
have been properly rectified complete the appropriate section. If the NT cannot satisfy them self that the defects listed
have been rectified they must not endorse the form. The NT need only be satisfied that the listed defects have been
rectified; other faults that may be noted during the examination should be brought to the attention of the presenter.
To endorse the form you may keep using the former MOT embossing stamp as long as the details are still correct. If you
don't have an embossing stamp or the details on your old stamp change then you may use any other embossing stamp
or ordinary rubber stamp that includes business name and phone number. Ideally this should also include your VTS
number but this can be added by hand if you don't have a stamp that includes it.
There is no set fee for this examination; the charge is a commercial matter for agreement between the presenter and the
It must be emphasised that this police initiated examination is quite separate from the statutory testing duties. The
vehicle must not be registered via the VTS Device and MOT Documents must not be used in connection with it.
However, any malpractice in connection with the VDRS scheme could lead to loss of repute and disciplinary action
against AEs or NTs within the MOT scheme.
Police Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme
The MOT Testing Guide
Issue Date April 2005