Hundreds of MOT testers and vehicle technicians are being recruited by Halfords Autocentres in response to this autumn’s MOT demand.
The company is creating more than 250 jobs after its MOT bookings almost doubled in recent months.
Andy Randall, managing director of Halfords Autocentres, said: “MOT testing was paused during the pandemic and as a result we’ve seen bookings almost double during autumn and winter, with motorists joining millions of others who have held off from getting their car tested, so we need more MOT testers now.
“We’re seeing no slowdown in the demand for motoring services as the public continue to avoid public transport, so a recruitment drive for MOT testers and this fast-track initiative is essential to keep Britain moving.”
The DVSA ‘beat the rush’ campaign, which received mixed feedback, prompted more than one million vehicle owners to bring their test forward last month.
Of the 3.7 million MOTs which took place this September, more than one million were not due until between October 2020 and January 2021.
The data, released earlier this month, also shows that 310,000 more tests were carried out in August this year – an extra 10,000 MOTs a day on a typical year.