DVSA has urged MOT testers to complete their annual training and assessments to avoid facing suspension.
More than 50% of MOT testers have now completed their annual training and assessment, but with just over a month to go until the 31 March deadline, DVSA figures show that 30,950 testers still need to do so.
Last year 1,882 were suspended for failing to complete their training and assessments, with 5,538 suspended in 2018.
Every year, all 63,000 MOT testers have to carry out training and assessment on set topics to make sure they are competent and safe to carry out MOTs.
DVSA Product Manager, Simon Smith, said: “DVSA’s priority is to help everyone keep their vehicle safe to drive.
“Annual training and assessment is a vital part of continuous improvement to maintain high quality MOTs. Last year more testers than ever completed their training and assessment on time.
“But to avoid the last-minute rush, testers should record their training and assessment results well before 31 March. We’re really pleased with the improvement from last year and I’d like to thank all those testers who did so.”
Annual training and assessment was introduced in 2016 as a programme of continuous improvement for testers so they are well informed about the work they do and keep up to date with new technology and industry requirements.