New qualification for MOT testers introduced
A new qualification for MOT testers and managers is being introduced to help improve the skills of those who work in the MOT testing industry.
Each year around 42 million car MOT tests are carried out. While the vast majority are conducted to the correct standard, errors can and have occurred. The new qualification and training regime is intended to improve standards and consistency across the industry.
The content of MOT training for 58,000 testers across the country has been regularly monitored and reviewed to reflect advances in technology and changes in vehicle design. However, the structure of the training has remained the same. From September, all new testers will have to get the nationally-recognised qualification.
Transport Minister, Lord Ahmad said: “MOT testers do an excellent and essential job ensuring that vehicles are fit to be driven on our roads.“We want all workers to be proud of their profession and drivers to be sure they are getting the right test result. We are introducing this new qualification and training and assessment regime to further boost the reputation of the profession.”
Driver and Vehicle and Standards Agency (DVSA) Chief Executive, Gareth Llewellyn, said: “Checking your vehicle is safe to drive is one of our top priorities. Ensuring the quality of MOT testing will ensure customers can be confident their vehicle will be tested in a highly professional manner.