it IS happening from next February, what is in doubt is how far that test will go at that time....
VOSA will have been working on this for, at the least, weeks before the public got wind of it...i have no doubt there are a number of testers out there that have been given a heads up via the regular visits they get from VOSA reps, but untill the i's have been dotted and the t's crossed, no one is in the know.
if the procedure had already been decided, testers will already have all been notified via the MOT computerised network and the VOSA site updated the moment the announcment was made public.
VOSA quite clearly states on their site that updates on this new legislation will be forthcoming.
you can also expect that procedure to be changed/adapted as time goes on...like i said, chances are that garages will need to equip themselves which will always be given time to do so within an extended period...so chances are, the initial test in Feb wont go much beyond visual, its the following months you really need to watch out for.
this is not only a uk government/vosa drive, there will be increasing pressure fom many other powerful bodies to really tighten loopholes...including europe, health depts in all their guises and the car manufacturers themselves.
knowing VOSA as i do, i wouldnt be in the least bit suprised if they leave a gaping hole big enough for a supertanker to sail through...but that pressure might make a big difference this time especially as i said, they are about to become merged into a very powerful body.