IMI warns on garage income threat and looming MOT Annual Training deadline

Published:  21 April, 2021

The MOT Annual Training deadline is just nine days away, and the IMI is warning that if more techs don’t get it done before 30 April, then garages that are already suffering because the Exemption shifted Spring tests into the Autumn could end up shut out of the system by DVSA, resulting in income dropping even further.

IMI CEO Steve Nash commented: “Our concern right now is that a number of MOT technicians have been stuck between a rock and a hard place. The increased volumes they faced as a consequence of the 2020 MOT extension have made it difficult for them to find the time to complete their training and assessment. But the worst of the rush is now over and if they miss the 30 April deadline they will lose an important revenue stream, not just for MOTs but for the other work that being able to offer MOTs enables.

“Those industry professionals who have not yet taken their assessment may find that, with the higher pass rate now required by the DVSA, they will have little time for retakes. And this means they could lose this important income stream for their business.

“But that’s not our only concern – there is a very real threat to road safety if the MOT test market shrinks.”

The IMI offers a MOT Training and Assessment package that takes three hours but cane be taken in bite-size chunks. It also gives technicians the opportunity to retake the assessment up to three times, which is particularly important as the DVSA now requires a pass rate of 80%.

Once training is completed, MOT technicians also automatically receive free membership to the IMI that they can choose to opt in to, as well as access to the IMI community.

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