MOT testers face suspension as training deadline nears

Published:  25 February, 2020

Almost half of MOT testers have yet to undertake their annual training, with the deadline only a few weeks away, the DVSA has warned.

More than 50% of MOT testers have now completed annual training and assessment for the year, but the remainder risk being suspended unless they finish up their requirements before Tuesday 31 March.

With just over a month to go until the deadline, DVSA figures show that 30,950 testers still need to complete the training and assessment. Last year, 1,882 were suspended for failing to do so. This compares to 5,538 suspensions in 2018.

DVSA Product Manager, Simon Smith said: “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.”

MOT annual training was introduced in 2016.Every year, all 63,000 MOT testers have to carry out training and assessment. Testers need to do at least three hours of training each year and a total of 16 hours in five years.

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