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
- 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
- Lobby government to review the pit fee as this was left out of the last consultation
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.
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 testers. ATF’s are still having to sustain their operating expenses but with a reduced revenue stream. This situation is becoming unsustainable with over 550 ATF now open.
One of the main issues is that the ATF industry testers are supplied from just one source, The DVSA. In other words, DVSA have partnered the private sector, ATF’s have delivered on their side of the bargain but DVSA have struggled to adjust to free market dynamics and supply the industry with enough testers.