MOT tester disqualifications surging

New data has found that almost 700 MOT testers have been disqualified in the last two years, representing a rise of 49% compared to the previous two years.

According to data obtained from the DVSA by Bookmygarage, disqualifications usually occurs following improper or careless practices during the test procedure, or for issuing fraudulent certificates.

Meanwhile, disqualifications have risen steadily in recent years, with the DVSA banning nearly 3.5 times the number of testers in 2020/21 compared to 2015/16. And while there were 687 disqualifications in the past two financial years, over 1,000 further warnings were issued to MOT testers in the same time span. This further highlights the scale of the issue and reinforces the need for motorists to properly research the MOT test centre that they are making their yearly MOT booking with.

Karen Rotberg, co-founder of BookMyGarage, said: “We welcome the disqualification of rogue MOT testers, as it grants peace of mind that vehicles on the road are being inspected properly. This ultimately improves safety for all road users. The rise in disqualification numbers from the DVSA shows the importance of doing your research when booking an MOT and finding a trustworthy garage.”