IMI warn of MOT rush

Over 400,000 new cars will be required to undergo their first MOT come September.

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is calling on garages to make sure their technicians have the up-to-date MOT skills and qualification in order to reap the financial benefits of the busiest testing period in the automotive calendar.

Since April 2016, all MOT Testers in each vehicle class are required to complete a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme of MOT annual training, requiring at least 3 hours per year and a minimum of 16 hours learning over a 5 year period, as well as passing an online test each year.

Steve Nash, chief executive at the IMI, said, ‘Its crucial garages make sure their technicians have the training and qualifications that are now needed to carry out MOT’s. The MOT sector has experienced a lot of changes over the last year with the introduction of the annual training and assessment, but if these new regulations mean safeguarding both vehicle technicians and the public by upskilling workforces we believe this is always a positive thing.’

All MOT Testers can access training via the IMI website (www.theimi.org.uk/mot).