More than 40% of MOT testers face being suspended from testing if they don’t complete their annual training and assessment by 31 March, DVSA has announced.
DVSA figures show 24,694 testers still have to complete the training and assessment. Last year, 5,538 were suspended for failing to do so. 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 MOT Product Manager, Simon Smith said:
“DVSAs priority is to help everyone keep their vehicle safe to drive. Annual training and assessment is a vital part of the continuous improvement to maintain the high quality of the MOT. Testers need to be well prepared to carry out their work and be knowledgeable about the subjects they deal with.
“Testers shouldn’t wait until the last minute to record their training and assessment results but do it well before 31 March. If they don’t carry out their training and assessment in time, they will be suspended and face losing money.”
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.