MOT Overhaul Means More Changes For Testers

IMI launches updates to Tester training and offers free eLearning tool to help MOT Testers comply with new European Union Roadworthiness Package

New changes to the MOT testing rules mean that 65,000 MOT Testers must complete new annual training assessments to remain compliant.  In response, automotive professional body, Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), has launched updated Tester training which includes a free eLearning course enabling Testers to access the new assessment via their smart device and qualify them to test under the new EU directive.

The overhaul of the annual MOT was introduced by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to ensure that all cars meet the new European Union Roadworthiness Package. The changes see cars, vans, motorbikes and other light passenger vehicles rated against new ‘minor’, ‘major’ and ‘dangerous’ categories in order to meet the EU rules. The modifications also include stricter limits on diesel cars fitted with particulate filters (DPF) ensuring they are fully effective and operational, new checks on steering, and a new manual layout.  And with vehicle emissions one of the main driving forces behind the changes, it’s perhaps not surprising that failure rates for diesels are up by 24% in last 3 months.

Industry leading MOT training programme

In response to the changes, the IMI’s industry leading MOT training programme, has been updated and enhanced to ensure MOT Testers can continue to offer a compliant service to motorists.

Steve Nash, Chief Executive at the IMI, explained; "It’s crucial that all MOT Testers are aware that the annual assessment has been updated to ensure their continued compliance with the new EU rules.

"Since the introduction of an annual assessment two years ago, all MOT Testers are required to meet an industry standard that is determined by the DVSA. This form of training reinforces the skill level that Testers are now working to.  It also means that the knowledge and expertise of MOT Testers will increase in line with the technological advances.

"But we recognise that it’s vital MOT Testers can ensure they are compliant with the new rules in the most efficient manner possible.  And that’s why we have introduced a free eLearning tool that can be accessed from a Tester’s smart device. Keeping them both compliant and productive"