NOMINATED Testers (NTs) at MOT centres are due to get a new security card later this year to replace the current PIN system.
Intended to make the MOT service more secure and less susceptible to improper and fraudulent tests, the security card functions in a similar fashion to card readers for online banking. Each time the button on the front of the card is pressed it generates a new six-digit PIN.
As with now, NTs will need to enter their user ID and password to log into the MOT testing service, but when the system goes live users will have to enter the generated PIN from the security card rather than the current one that they have to remember.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has been trialling the card and new two-factor authentication process through July and August at around 300 Vehicle Testing Stations across the UK, reporting largely positive feedback from users who rate it as easy to use and an improvement on the current system.
Comments on the DVSA’s blog are somewhat less encouraging, with contributors questioning the card’s durability and the need to replace the PIN system that was itself only recently introduced.
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