An estimated 73 percent of MOT testers are yet to take their Annual Assessment and face new checks if they miss the deadline of 31 March.
This is according to data released by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).
As of 8 January 2024, MOT testers are required to submit a recent basic DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check if they are ‘returning after being lapsed or suspended from testing – this includes being suspended for not completing your annual assessment’.
As such, it is vital that MOT Testers ensure they have completed their Annual Assessment by the deadline.
DBS checks are also now required for new testers, existing testers adding another test group and those returning to testing after a disciplinary period of 28 days or a longer cessation of two or five years.
Hayley Pells, IMI policy and public affairs lead said: “This could have a serious impact on garages’ ability to complete MOT testing, and ultimately their customer satisfaction and profitability. Garages therefore need to support their technicians in their training and assessments to avoid any impact on the business.
“MOT testers who fail to meet the deadline will lose their ability to conduct any MOT work until their training and assessment has been completed, and their DBS check has been approved.”
Any MOT testers who do miss the deadline will have to competently demonstrate to a DVSA representative face-to-face, in their place of work, their ability to carry out an MOT test on a vehicle.
Before they can book this demonstration test, technicians will need to submit a DBS certificate to the DVSA online.
Technicians without DBS checks conducted within three months of the test date will need to request one, and these can take many weeks to be processed and a certificate received. Failing to complete the assessment in time could, therefore, have serious consequences both for garage income and road safety.
All IMI annual assessment purchases include full customer support to aid completion, 12 months IMI membership providing professional register recognition and the chance to win one of three supercar driving experiences, if booked and completed by the 27 February 2024.