MOT overhaul means more changes for testers

Published:  27 September, 2018

New changes to the MOT testing rules mean that 65,000 MOT Testers must complete new annual training assessments to remain compliant.  In response, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), has launched updated Tester training which includes a free eLearning course enabling Testers to access the new assessment via their smart device and qualify them to test under the new EU directive.  

The overhaul of the annual MOT was introduced by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to ensure that all cars meet the new European Union Roadworthiness Package. The changes see cars, vans, motorbikes and other light passenger vehicles rated against new ‘minor’, ‘major’ and ‘dangerous’ categories in order to meet the EU rules. The modifications also include stricter limits on diesel cars fitted with DPFs ensuring they are fully effective and operational, new checks on steering, and a new manual layout.  

In response to the changes, the IMI’s industry leading MOT training programme, has been updated and enhanced to ensure MOT Testers can continue to offer a compliant service to motorists.

  Steve Nash, Chief Executive at the IMI, explained:“We recognise that it’s vital MOT Testers can ensure they are compliant with the new rules in the most efficient manner possible.  And that’s why we have introduced a free eLearning tool that can be accessed from a Tester’s smart device. Keeping them both compliant and productive.”

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    As we all get used to the new annual exam and training process the DVSA will need to crank up their focus on our training.  The DVSA can easily enforce the annual exam, as we have seen in the 2017 – 18 year. The requirement to enter your results in order to continue testing is a pretty easy way to keep us all focused.


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