15 Jul 2024
The voice of the independent garage sector

73% of MOT testers still need to take Annual Assessment warns IMI

73% of MOT testers have still not taken their Annual Assessment and the IMI has warned then that they face additional checks if they miss the 31 March deadline.

A new requirement, introduced on 8 January 2024 means that MOT testers must provide a recent basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check if they are ‘returning after being lapsed or suspended from testing – this includes being suspended for not completing your annual assessment’.

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.”

DBS checks are also 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 added: “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.”

All IMI Annual Assessment purchases, 12 months IMI membership providing professional register recognition and the chance to win one of three super car driving experiences, if booked and completed by 27 February.

For more information, visit:  https://bit.ly/IMI-MOT-quals