Nearly 700 MOT testers have been disqualified in the last two years, a rise of 49 per cent compared to the previous two. And while it’s right that driver safety has to be number one priority – not just for the DVSA, but for everyone who’s involved in vehicle servicing, maintenance and repair – according to LKQ Euro Car Parts, garages that lose just one tester could be missing out on around £670 in revenue per day.
Bob Wiffen, Workshop Solutions Director at LKQ Euro Car Parts, said: “The aftermarket has done phenomenally well to adapt to the shifts in seasonal MOT demand since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. But effectively managing resource and inbound work volumes is just part of the challenge.
“Now that the autumn MOT wave is behind us, it’s time to for technicians to think ahead and get on top of their CPD before the 30th March 2023 deadline.” The MOT CPD requirement has been in place for more than six years. Every year, hundreds of testers miss the deadline to complete their three hours of training and subsequent assessment, which has a massive impact on garages’ ability to trade.
Each year’s training syllabus, set by the DVSA, is based on the latest MOT statistics, to determine the subject areas where it’s clear testers need to pay more attention, and that will make the biggest contribution to road safety.
Bob Wiffen added: “We work closely with the IMI and DVSA to ensure our customers have access to the approved annual training they need to run a successful and compliant MOT site. With our years of experience of offering training, and the partnerships we hold within the industry, the LKQ Academy is a one-stop shop for all the training requirements in the workshop.”
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Light vehicle CPD – classroom-based training and assessment – from £129 + VAT per candidate All CPD courses from the LKQ Academy come with free IMI affiliate membership, worth £47.
LKQ Euro Car Parts has spoken out against the proposed move to change the MOT interval from annual to every two years and is committed to representing the best interests of both garages and drivers when the consultation starts. Bob Wiffen concluded: “Annual MOTs aren’t just an important revenue stream for garages – they protect road safety and help drivers stay on top of their vehicle maintenance in the most cost-effective way. Leaving problems to manifest over two years is likely to push up repair bills and make budgeting harder for drivers.”