Hundreds Of MOT Testers Banned For Misconduct

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request has shed light on the extent of misconduct amongst MOT testers in the UK…

Testers Banned for Misconduct

An FOI submitted to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has revealed that nearly 700 MOT testers have been banned for misconduct between 2020 and 2022. That’s a rise of 49% over the 2018 to 2020 period. All in all, 687 MOT testers were disqualified of which 460 were technicians. The number of warnings being issued has also, rather alarmingly, risen over recent years.

Testers who were disqualified were often found to have been issuing fraudulent test certificates or being involved in careless practices. It’s the latest controversy to plague the MOT industry. The Government, for instance, is considering extending the life of an MOT certificate from a year to two years; although critics have argued that the move would be unsafe. Indeed, most drivers (based on surveys) seem to oppose the move even though it’d save them money. As of now, it remains to be seen whether the change will be implemented.

Check Credentials 

Because of the rising amount of misconduct amongst MOT testers, the RAC is advising drivers to be careful when choosing a test centre. In particular, they’re being advised to check the qualifications and credentials of the garages they choose to administer the test.

It’s also wise for drivers to check online reviews and feedback of a number of garages, because making their choice. Shopping around is also important when it comes to securing a competitive quote; something that’s even more important given the rising cost-of-living crisis.

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