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It appears ATF’s (who have kept their part of the deal with DVSA) are having to pay, financially, for DVSA’s shortfall in testers. Most ATF’s have committed to hundreds of thousands, if not, millions of pounds of investment are finding the present environment extremely challenging. ATF’s requests for DVSA testers are being restricted resulting in their capacity to earn revenue is being reduced by as much as 40% as DVSA struggles to keep up with demand.

ATFOA – Authorised Testing Facility Operators Association

Members benefits:

  • 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

Our charter:

  • 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
  • Lobby government to review the pit fee as this was left out of the last consultation

Our Challenges:

Lack of Testers

ATF’s are in a challenging partnership with DVSA.

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 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 as early as 2014) so ATF’s testing capacity has been considerably reduced, through no fault of their own.

ATF’s, across the country, have had their revenue slashed because of a number of factors, not of their making:

  1. DVSA have been unable respond successfully to the demand for testers. DVSA’s single minded solution; to recruit their way out of the tester shortage, does not appear to be working. Over the past 3 years the situation has deteriorated.
  2. 550 ATF’s, competing for limited test slots, is contributing towards lower capacity utilisation which reduces revenue.  ATF’s are still responsible for leases, equipment and loan repayments and employments costs resulting in a challenging situation that is becoming unsustainable.
  3. The ‘Next Generation Testing’ appears to have had the opposite effect than was promised by DVSA. ATF’s expected more flexibility, longer testing days and quicker response to supply and demand. In reality the criteria for booking tests has become more restrictive; with less choice, test slot availability being reduced by up to 40% and tests cancellations almost on a daily basis through lack of tester staff.

One of the main issues recognised is that the HGV MOT testers are supplied from just one source, The DVSA.

Lack of choice adds to the challenge of adjusting to free market dynamics of supply demand.

ATFOA continues to work with DVSA and has presented a number of practical business plans to the agency to consider.


The Authorised Testing Facility Operators (ATFOA) was inaugurated January 16th 2013 in a meeting held at Coombe Abbey, Coventry attended by over 50 ATF’s.

The members voted in a board of directors who set out a short, medium and long term strategy.

Since then, ATFOA has continued dialogue with industry stakeholders, including DVSA, and regularly represents our industry at Parliament by attending the APPG For Transport.

ATFOA’s annual Forums offer a great opportunity to communicate the sentiment of the industry direct to DVSA.

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Why you should join ATFOA

If you are concerned about your investment then join ATFOA, the only dedicated association supporting ATF’s around the country.

More members = Bigger voice. Act now to help protect the future of your ATF 

The funds will be used to:

  • Organise and run a professional, active and business like Association
  • Lobby government and industry stakeholders
  • Partake in constructive talks with DVSA
  • Explore and consult on alternative options to resolve the tester shortage crisis and other challenges that present your ATF.
  • Present the ATF case to government to ensure flexibility, efficiency, safety, customer focus and productivity are at the forefront of the conversation.
  • Advertise our plight on various media outlets so there is a fair, representative and coherent voice for ATF’s
  • Support members, legally if required, to continually improve conditions
  • Organise national forums for ATF’s to discuss and decide the direction of your Association

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