The Independent Garage Association (IGA) is running 23 training events nationally between January and March in order to help MOT testers meet the required level of training by the March 31 deadline.
IGA Director Stuart James explains: “We are lead to believe that the number of garages that will meet the March 31 deadline is lower than expected. Time is running out and this training which is mandated by the DVSA needs to be completed. The IGA has scheduled these UK-wide events to ensure that MOT garages do not leave themselves vulnerable to sanctions for non-compliance.”
The events cover the DVSA’s 2016/17 syllabus, which includes headlamp aim, driver’s view of the road and knowledge of special notices, as well as general MOT knowledge. The course also provides a workbook for testers to record their training, another DVSA requirement.
Due to changes by the DVSA, MOT testers are now required to complete training annually, instead of every 5 years as they have done previously. The events are being held at easy access locations all around the country during weekday mornings to help accommodate the workflow needs of businesses.