The Independent Garage Association (IGA) is launching its biggest MOT training campaign yet across the industry as a response to low numbers of MOT Testers having completed the DVSA’s mandated annual training.
General feedback is indicating that tester completion levels are lower than expected, and there are also concerns about the quality of the training. Due to this, the IGA are running 23 training events nationally between January and March in order to help MOT testers meet the required level by the deadline.
Stuart James, IGA director, commented: “We are led to believe that the number of garages who will meet the 31 March deadline is lower than anticipated. Time is running out and this training which is mandated by the DVSA needs to be completed. The IGA has scheduled these UK-wide events to ensure that MOT garages do not leave themselves vulnerable to sanctions for non-compliance.”
The events cover the DVSA’s 2016/17 syllabus, which includes headlamp aim, drivers view of the road and knowledge of special notices, as well as general MOT knowledge. The course also includes a workbook for testers to record their training, another DVSA requirement.
Due to changes by the DVSA, MOT testers are now required to complete training annually, instead of every five years as they have done previously.