Reports are coming in all over the country. It appears ATF’s (who have kept their part of the deal) are having to pay, financially, for DVSA’s shortfall in testers. Most ATF’s have committed to hundreds of thousands of pounds of finance and are now challenged to keep up with the payments. ATF’s requests for DVSA testers are being rejected so their capacity to earn revenue is being reduced by as much as 40%.
ATFOA – Authorised Testing Facility Operators Association
- Organised conferences to voice your concerns and stay up to date with the latest information
- Opportunities to network with your industry partners and other stakeholders
- A proactive, democratically elected board of directors lobbying hard for your Association’s goals
- Regular e-news updates with ATFOA campaign news and tips for your ATF
- Free Transport Engineer magazine to all members
- Distribution of e-mail newsletters to ensure you are up to date with the dialogue with our partners
- To report back to you annually and update you on our progress
- To continue to lobby for a fair and sustainable deal for ATF operators
- Regular consultation and surveys to ensure we have your sentiment
Lack of Testers
ATF’s are in an unequal partnership with DVSA. A mutually beneficial partnership should be built on a fair and reasonable agreement.
As part of the ATF contract ATF’S have signed up to take on real estate, administration and booking liabilities that were previously the responsibility of The DVSA. In return ATF’s should receive third party payments for testing and / or benefit from efficiencies in having an on site testing facility (dependent on the business model).
It sounds an agreeable relationship, however, DVSA has an acute shortage of testers (which The ATFOA forecast in 2014) so ATF’s testing capacity has been considerably reduced, through no fault of their own.
The tester shortage has resulted in ATF’s, across the country, having their revenue slashed because DVSA have been unable respond to the demand for tests. ATF’s are still having to sustain their operating expenses but with a reduced revenue stream. This situation is unsustainable.
The crux of the problem is that the ATF industry does not have a choice in where we get our testers from. In other words, DVSA have partnered the private sector, we have delivered on our side of the bargain but DVSA have continuously failed to supply us with enough testers.
ATF’s are paying, financially, for DVSA’s historic lack of planning and inability to react quickly enough to private sector market forces.