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Jersey's government invites businesses to shape MOT-style tests

Companies have been asked to come forward with proposals about how a PTI (Private Technical Inspection) scheme would operate. Credit: PA Images

Jersey's government is looking for companies to recommend how MOT-style vehicle inspections in the island should be carried out.

A tender has been opened for companies to come forward with proposals about how a PTI (Private Technical Inspection) scheme would operate.

Driver and Vehicle Standards planned to introduce inspections by 2022 as part of the States' commitment to the 1968 Vienna Convention - an international agreement to make sure vehicles registered in the island are roadworthy.

However, in September 2019 a States scrutiny hearing heard that the introduction of the tests could be delayed by as much as a year, as no firms had come forward to take on the work of running the scheme.

The range of options need to be fully explored by people with experience of this kind of study. The tender launched earlier this week invites companies to carry out this options appraisal.

Vehicle inspections can be carried out via several different methods including for example, using current garages and businesses, building a government-run testing centre or both. The outcome of the study will determine the way forward ahead of implementation.

– Gordon Forrest, Head of Driver and Vehicle Standards

Inspections were introduced for mopeds, motorcycles, minibuses and commercial vehicles in April 2019.