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MOT Update - March 2016

MOT Update - March 2016

26 February 2016

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has published more information about the new MOT annual training being introduced after April 2016.

This means testers will no longer need to attend a 5-year refresher course with this new annual training programme completely replacing the old MOT tester refresher course.

The new MOT annual training is based on the continuing professional development (CPD) model which will ask testers to update their skills each year in manageable ‘bite-sized’ chunks.

The CPD approach is common across many safety-related professions and has a proven track record in improving individual and workplace:

  • Skills and standards
  • Performance and professionalism
  • Confidence, morale and motivation

Essentially, testers will be required to complete at least 3 hours of training each year and sit a related annual assessment in order to maintain their testing status.

This all ties in with DVSA’s aim of improving overall road and vehicle safety with each year’s training topics and assessment based around the latest MOT test error rates.

This means testers will be carrying out training on subject areas which have been specifically chosen by the agency to tackle current testing issues.

Through this it says that garages and testers can be sure their training is making a real and positive impact on overall vehicle safety by concentrating on the known problem areas of MOT testing.

To find out more about read the Changes to MOT Training page on the GOV.UK website and to keep updated with the latest news on this subject sign up for email alerts from the agency’s Matters of Testing blog.