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Government reverses out of MOT centre construction

Government reverses out of MOT centre construction

Wednesday 13 October 2021

Government reverses out of MOT centre construction


The Government has decided not to build a new centre for MOT-style car inspections amid struggles - leaving construction to its preferred supplier, which is yet to be appointed.

The news emerged during a quarterly hearing of the Environment, Infrastructure and Housing and Scrutiny Panel with the Infrastructure Minister, Deputy Kevin Lewis.

The chair of the Panel, Constable Mike Jackson, asked for an update on plans to build a new centre for the Periodic Technical Inspections (PTI), which are planned to be introduced to the island as a result of Jersey signing up to the Vienna Convention for Road Traffic, allowing islanders to continue driving freely through Europe. 

Gordon Forrest, the Head of Driver and Vehicle Standards (DVS), revealed that in August funding for the inspection centre was 'reprioritised' and removed from the capital programme.

The Infrastructure Minister said the decision was due to a “lack of funding for the department as a whole”. “We had to make ends meet,” he said.

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Pictured: The Infrastructure Minister said his department had to "make ends meet".

The decision came after the department had already carried out an “expressions of interest exercise”, which revealed that at least four companies wished to take on responsibility for the inspections.

Three of the responses came from large businesses, two of which were European and the other a large local business.

“What we did is we went back to those who responded to the expression of interest and asked them if that affected whether they would tender or not, if a franchisee had to bear the cost of constructing the test centre,” Mr Forrest explained.

“Three of the four who responded to the expressions of interest came back and said it wouldn’t make a difference at all, however clearly there would be an additional cost to the inspections.”

Mr Forrest said the funding decision had “held up” the project for a while but that the department was now about to launch a procurement exercise and go out to tender to select the preferred supplier, with the help of the Government’s commercial team

He also told the Panel that a potential site, which will not only need to house the test station but also space for vehicles to queue and exit the centre, had been identified but wouldn’t reveal its location. 

He however said La Collette didn’t seem to be an option as most of it is located within the blast zone. 

Mr Forrest said he hoped that by the time the tender process is launched the site will be available and included as part of the tender. If not, he said the department would help the franchisee find a suitable site.

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Posted by John Sheen on
Great news all round. The longer this is delayed, the longer it will take for MOT’s to come into force. Keep reprioritising that money please!
Posted by Private Individual on
This is an absolute disgrace, I have written to Lewis twice requesting information on setting up an MOT test center and what the criteria will be, with no response other than we acknowledged your inquiry.

Why should small garages NOT BE INCLUDED IN CARRYING MOT TESTING AS IN THE UK AND OTHER COUNTRIES?

Besides the fact that most vehicles on the road are new, if people wish to travel abroad with their car they should be the only ones that need a test. This should not be forced on the rest of the population if they never leave Jersey with their cars.
Posted by Jon Jon on
No doubt because the money isn’t there now,good news though,we don’t need an MOT in this Island. If your car is serviced every year then you should be exempt from this ludicrous fiasco.
Posted by Scott Mills on
I don't want to drive in Europe, I get a car when I'm there thank you. So this must be an optional requirement, not just a mandatory one, if you want to take your car into europe then fair enough. If as I do, don't want to take my car into europe I shouldn't be faced with a check which meets european standards, when I will never take me car there!!!! Lovely beaches to drive on
Posted by nigel pearce on
Totally agree with Private Individual.
The present system of road checks suffices. There is supposed to be a scarcity of labour in the island so where are all the examiners coming from? It’s just another anti-car manoeuvre. If the States don’t run it, I don’t see the point. It would be better to bring in a law that all vehicles had to have a mechanical service every so often and display a disc to prove it.
Posted by Jon Jon on
This government is determined to get carbon neutral by 2030 by doing all it can to get motorists off road by hook or by crook ! Well it aint going to happen! This is just a further way to bleed Islanders of money, all Islanders should stand together and tell them to stick it where the sun doesn't shine!
Posted by Keith Marsh on
WHY are we allowing businesses from EU to even quote for this "cash cow" ~ it should be open to every garage on Island, however small.
Saying we had to make ends meet is again wrong ~ Capital expenditure { actually building something } should NEVER be mixed up with Revenue expenditure {cost of running a dept.}
As usual Jersey goes into something {Vienna Convention for Road Traffic} "eyes closed"
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