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FOI 6147

Taxi vehicle inspections

Request

Can you please provide the information listed below regarding all staff employed at the Council's Warley Depot who were involved in the vehicle inspections of Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles between January 2007 and June 2010:

  1. Details of all qualifications (including but not limited to VOSA-MOT testing) of the person or persons responsible for the test facilities including the regular maintenance and calibration of the test equipment including the brake roller tester, emission testing equipment and beam/headlamp equipment. (i.e. VOSA Authorised Examiner (AE), VOSA MOT Nominated Tester (NT), City and Guilds, NVQ etc).
  2. Details of all qualifications (including but not limited to VOSA-MOT testing) held by technicians/mechanics who were responsible for the testing of Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles during the specified period. (i.e. VOSA Authorised Examiner (AE), VOSA MOT Nominated Tester (NT), City and Guilds, NVQ etc).
  3. Please confirm (for any employees with the qualifications listed above) if these VOSA qualifications remained valid throughout the specified period and whether or not the compulsory 5 year refresher training for Nominated Tester (NT's) was completed.



Response

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request regarding staff employed at the Depot involved with the vehicle inspections of Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles between Jan 2007 and June 2010.

1. Details of all qualifications (including but not limited to VOSA-MOT testing) of the person or persons responsible for the test facilities including the regular maintenance and calibration of the testing equipment including the brake roller tester, emission testing equipment and beam /headlamp equipment. (I.e. VOSA Authorised Examiner (AE), VOSA MOT Nominated Tester (NT), City and Guilds, NVQ etc).   The person with the ultimate responsibility within the dates stated would have been the Operational Service Manager, his team of technicians would be carrying out the above and their qualifications are listed in Q 2 below.

2. Details of all qualifications (including but not limited to VOSA-MOT testing) held by technicians/mechanics that were responsible for the testing of Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles during the specified period. (I.e. VOSA Authorised Examiner (AE), VOSA MOT Nominated Tester (NT), City and Guilds, NVQ etc).

The qualifications of the staff employed at the Council’s Warley Depot who were involved in the vehicle inspections of Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles between January 2007 and June 2010 were:

Technician 1
City & Guilds Motor Technician certificate full part 1
City & Guilds Motor Vehicle craft studies modular, Part 3
NVQ – Vehicle Technician – Vehicle Maintenance and repair (LV) & (HV) level
VOSA – MOT Approved Nominated Examiners (Oct 2009)

Technician 2
City & Guilds 5 year Motor Vehicle Technician Apprenticeships

Technician 3
City & Guilds 5 year Motor Vehicle Technician Apprenticeships

3. Please confirm (for any employees with the qualifications listed above) if these VOSA qualifications remained valid throughout the specified period and whether or not the compulsory 5 year refresher training for Nominated Testers (NT’s) was completed.
The Depot garage is not a VOSA testing centre. The staff work to MOT standards (comparable test) therefore this is not applicable.  Technician 3 VOSA qualification from Oct 2009 and will take refresher course when 5 years expired.  The other detailed above qualifications are ongoing.