MOT tester training revised in bid to boost road safety

MOT tester training revised in bid to boost road safety
A new qualification and assessment process for MOT testers will be introduced later this year in a bid to improve road safety.

From September, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced that new MOT testers will need a nationally recognised qualification.

Testers will also have to take part in training and undertake assessments annually to continue providing MOTs.

The training will focus on topics which DVSA data shows testers are most likely to get wrong.

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Around 27 million car MOTs are carried out in Great Britain each year.

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The vast majority of MOTs are done to the right standard, but DVSA data shows that some errors are made. The new qualification and training process could help to reduce them.

It is thought the new qualification will offer more people the opportunity to develop their skills and enter a career in MOT testing, helping to boost the industry.

To be eligible for the qualification, MOT testers will need an existing technical qualification such as a vehicle maintenance and repair NVQ and at least four years’ experience in the motoring profession.

They will then need to successfully complete an MOT tester qualification course and pass an MOT demonstration test with a DVSA examiner.

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Transport Minister Lord Tariq 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.”

Calls have been made for the Government to further boost road safety after figures revealed the number of fatalities on the roads last year fell to the second lowest level on record.

According to statistics released by the Department for Transport, 1,732 people lost their lives in road traffic accidents in 2015.

This was a drop of around 45% compared to 2006 and 2% lower than the 1,775 seen in 2014.

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