More time to get tester assessments done

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The DVSA has extended the deadline for MOT testers to complete training and assessments

The DVSA has extended the deadline for MOT testers to complete training and assessments

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the motor industry, not least the MOT sector, which has been unsure of what it should be doing at times. But thankfully the DVSA has offered some clarity – specifically for the testers.

It’s good news; the DVSA has announced a deadline extension for MOT Training and Assessment to the end of April 2020, and one that’s welcomed by Mark Armitage, Head of Membership Products and Services, at the IMI:

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Keep on testing: Will we still have MOTs in 2040?

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MotorPro’s MOT guru Paul Charlwood delves into his crystal ball to see what the future could hold for vehicle testing in the coming decades

MotorPro’s MOT guru Paul Charlwood delves into his crystal ball to see what the future could hold for vehicle testing in the coming decades

There is little point talking about the future without a glance in the rearview mirror. My time in the industry has seen diesel engines become commonplace. Gone is the oxy-acetylene plant for welding, indeed some garages don’t even have a welder at all now. OBD is now essential, but feeler gauges, if you have them are probably at the back of the tool-chest.

From the few things above, you will note that skills have come and gone, so for those of us who wish to stay in the industry, or even the wider job market, we’ll need to adapt.

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Fri, 03/20/2020
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Steering MOT testers through CPD

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Ongoing training isn’t just a box-ticking exercise – it’s an important part of becoming a better tester and business owner

Ongoing training isn’t just a box-ticking exercise – it’s an important part of becoming a better tester and business owner

When you originally trained at the start of your career, you were just a beginner, an amateur. You developed your skills, moving from unskilled to semi-skilled and then to professional status, but, like a ball tossed in the air, you can start to fall back down unless you continuously push yourself. That means updating your knowledge regularly and making sure you tick the CPD box.

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Tue, 03/10/2020
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Brake test blues

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Make sure you don’t set yourself up for a fall when testing brakes, and keep out of trouble by sticking to retest requirements

Make sure you don’t set yourself up for a fall when testing brakes, and keep out of trouble by sticking to retest requirements

Brake tests are simple, right? A low mileage four-year old car fails its MOT because its brake pads are below the minimum 1.5mm. The garage contacts the owner and he agrees to have a set of new pads fitted, plus a couple of new brake discs for good measure.

The parts are fitted, but they need bedding in. Not a problem, most garages will conduct a gentle road test to ensure the new brakes work properly.

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Wed, 02/12/2020
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How to manage difficult testers

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Managing MOT testers, like anyone, can be difficult at times, we look at how to deal with those who aren’t necessarily working to the rules

Managing MOT testers, like anyone, can be difficult at times, we look at how to deal with those who aren’t necessarily working to the rules

I was asked by a garage proprietor to investigate a tester who was causing friction in the workshop. If another technician serviced or worked on the brakes of a vehicle before his MOT test, the test would invariably result in a fail. He also had a disproportionally high failure rate for brakes.

The tester thought he was in a strong position as he was the only qualified MOT tester within the business. I asked the proprietor to have a low mileage 3-4-year-old car serviced last thing by a different technician on the Saturday and be tested first thing Monday morning.

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Mon, 01/13/2020
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The price is right

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IMI member and MOT guru Paul Charlwood takes a look into the cost of testing

IMI member and MOT guru Paul Charlwood takes a look into the cost of testing

You have probably seen that the Department for Transport (DfT) has ruled out an increase in MOT test fees, citing that many MOT stations discount from the maximum fee of £54.85 for the most common class of vehicle – class 4. But I’m often asked why the DVSA allow discounting at all.

I believe that Government regard free market competition to be in the public interest, and that anti-competitive activity is against competition law. I do not condone price fixing or anti-competitive activity and am not suggesting you should act illegally.

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Sat, 12/19/2020
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Looking to the future: Hayley Pells FIMI

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Hayley Pells FIMI on the industry, MOT sector and what the industry can offer youngsters

Hayley Pells FIMI on the industry, MOT sector and what the industry can offer youngsters

In part two of MotorPro’s interview with IMI member Hayley Pells FIMI, she discusses how important training is and how to encourage a new generation of talent into the industry

MotorPro: Training is the cornerstone of any career, how have you kept up to date with developments in our industry?

I am an enormous advocate of blended learning. The bulk of the training within the workshop is delivered through e-learning; it’s cheap, accessible and works at the learner’s pace.

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Industrial revolution: Hayley Pells FIMI

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We speak with Hayley Pells FIMI on the industry, MOT sector and how the industry is changing

We speak with Hayley Pells FIMI on the industry, MOT sector and how the industry is changing

The IMI has a diverse membership base, in the first of two parts, MotorPro speaks with Hayley Pells FIMI, director at Avia Sports Cars, and one of the institute’s newest members, to get her perspective on the industry, the IMI and how she thinks things will change in the future.

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Mon, 11/18/2019
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Ten tips to keep your MOT business on track

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Keep your MOT business in perfect working order by following these 10 important tips

Keep your MOT business in perfect working order by following these 10 important tips

Running any business requires a certain amount of attention to detail, so that you have all your administration up to date and equipment is correct, in working order and easily accessible.

It’s no different if you run an MOT business, but it’s simple enough to make sure everything is in order by following the below tips:

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Tue, 11/12/2019
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Keep your business DVSA authorised

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Stay on the right side of the DVSA and make sure your business is correctly authorised

Stay on the right side of the DVSA and make sure your business is correctly authorised

A company I work for had a nasty surprise when I noticed that they had become a Limited company. I asked them if they’d informed the DVSA, and their reply was short, and telling; Why?
 
There are a range of business types that the average garage falls under: sole trader, partnerships, limited company and designated council among others. A quick look on your notice board’s VT9 Authorisation Certificate and online with your MOT account (MTS) will reveal what the DVSA authorise.

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