If you offer MOTs at your garage then you need to be thinking about undertaking the new authorisation training in order to carry on offering the vehicle test.
New MOT Tester Qualification
A new MOT tester qualification will be necessary in order to undertake the check which certifies a vehicle is safe to be driven on UK roads.
Then annual training and testing will be needed for testers and managers in order for the garage to continue to offer MOTs.
The new authorisation rule comes into force in September and provides a new professional standard.
Training moves to the Cloud
The Annual training that went live this month is part of the Government’s ongoing effort to modernise the MOT system, and follows the MOT test results service which moved to the cloud from the older ‘VTS’ computers in 2015.
This is in line with the MOT trade increasingly asking for a more varied and modern approach to training to make it easier to learn in line with individual needs and requirements.
MOT testers and managers will have to undertake both the annual MOT training and the MOT annual assessment which can be completed on the IMI’s eLearning platform either in the workplace or at home, as long as there is an internet connection.
Garages which are already approved for MOTs can have their testers and managers take the Institute of the Motor Industry’s (IMI) training which became available this month (April).
The DVSA has changed the way MOT testers and managers are authorised to ensure those undertaking MOTs work to the highest standards.
From September 2016, the IMI will be offering DVSA-approved MOT qualifications and once qualified all testers will have to undertake the annual minimum of three hours’ MOT annual training.
In January, the first of a three-phased approach saw three training providers piloting the new DVSA qualification whilst phases two and three take place in May and June.
The UK has more than 600 approved MOT centres. The role of MOT tester will become a National Occupational Standard (NOS).
The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI), which oversees the National Franchised Dealers Association and Independent Garage Association, has helped develop the new test and training standard including working with the organisations which will award the new qualification such as the IMI and City & Guilds.
MOT after 3 or 4 years?
Meanwhile, the row over whether MOT testing for new cars should start at four-years-old instead of three re-emerged after the RMI and Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA) reported on their recent trip to the House of Commons.
They are campaigning, along with others in the industry, to maintain the current system which sees a new car undergo its first MOT on its third birthday.
Extending it to four-years would pose a threat to road safety, campaigners argue.
Around 20% of new cars fail their first MOT and the logical conclusion is even more would fail at four-years-old.
There is also a fear that many of the fifth of new cars which would have potentially failed the test at three-years would be driven in an unsafe condition until the MOT is due at four-years.
The government announced in its 2015 Budget that it would undertake a consultation about switching to a car’s first MOT at four-years-old.
Members of the organisations met with Drew Hendry MP, Scottish National Party (SNP) Transport spokesperson in the House of Commons, to present their case.