MOT annual assessment training year extended

2019-20 training year extended until end of April and connected equipment transition period suspended for new owners

MOT annual assessment training year extended
MOT training at the RMI Academy of Automotive Skills.

MOT training and assessment for 2019-20 has been extended until the end of April, the DVSA has this week announced in response to the current coronavirus situation.

A DVSA spokesperson said: “Annual assessments are going well, and we have taken the decision to extend the training year for 2019-20 until end of April.

“This timing will be kept under review.”

The DVSA encourages testers to complete their annual training and assessment through “distance learning”.

The official deadline to complete annual training and assessment had been 31 March.

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Every year, all 63,000 MOT testers must carry out training and assessment on set topics to make sure they are competent and safe to carry out MOTs.

Testers need to do at least three hours of training each year and a total of 16 hours in five years.

The pass mark for the current assessment is 70 per cent but it will increase to 80 per cent for 2020 to 2021 assessments.

The assessment consists of 30 multiple-choice questions and usually takes around 45 minutes to complete.

Connected MOT equipment

The DVSA has also today announced that it is suspending its three-month transition period for new owners taking over a vehicle testing station to comply with the requirement to install connected test equipment.

Related: Test centres can carry on delivering tests out of calibration, DVSA tells GW

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    Alex Rates

    This is the worst possible decision by the dvsa. There is absolutely no excuse for any tester not to have completed their annul training and now for the second year running good businesses are being penalized by the dvsa. If they haven’t completed their training they should have been struck off allowing decent pro active businesses to fill our mot capacity.

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