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RMI to to raise MOT training concerns with DfT and VOSA

The MOT test system is under extreme pressure, and could become severely stretched if MOT testers do not receive more frequent re-training, says the RMI.

The pace of automtive technology change is not reflected in the frequency of MOT tester re-training, which currently takes place only every five years, and the RMI believes MOT testers could be left without the necessary knowledge to accurately perform the test.

Ian Davis-Knight, RMI head of MOT and technical operations, also believes more regular retraining could also improve recruitment into the sector: “A clear structure of refresher training would also illustrate that MOT testing is a sound career path, and could encourage younger people in the industry to take on testing later in their career”.

The RMI is meeting with the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) on Monday 29 March 2004 to discuss the issue.

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