IMI predicts surge for MOT assessments

Deadline for annual update is approaching fast

Published:  11 January, 2017

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has seen its website traffic more than double in recent months as thousands of testers have flocked to the IMI to complete their assessment and annual training ahead of the March 31st deadline for compliance with DVSA regulations.

IMI anticipates the current demand is set to surge ahead of the March deadline.

David Easton, former DVSA MOT Education Chief, who now works with the IMI explains that there are thousands of testers who still haven't completed the statutory requirements.   "Testers have still not fully engaged with the new annual training regime and there are still a large number of testers who still haven't complied with DVSA's requirements.

"With the festivities now behind us I'm sure that the bulk of responsible MOT Testers and their employers will focus on the need to meet the DVSA requirements in order for them to continue testing customer's vehicles."

With just 80 days to go until the deadline it was necessary for the IMI's online systems to be braced to service anything between 500 and 10,000 testers a day who will be taking their training and assessment via the eLearning portal.

According the Head of ICT the server upgrade can withstand a tsunami of testers in any one day without customers experiencing any loss of speed.  Steve Connelly said, "The new system has ten times the capacity of the previous one.  Our customers are guaranteed a smoother and faster service compared to any other provider and this is guaranteed no matter when Testers find the time to do the assessment and training."

The IMI system can be accessed at www.theimi.org.uk/mot, and Testers have the option of taking a practice assessment for free before booking their online training and assessment.  Testers can be compliant in as little as 4 hours from their first click on the website

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