MoT TESTERS TO SUP­PORT CLAS­SIC CARS

The sys­tem of cer­ti­fy­ing testers is to be over­hauled, but au­thor­i­ties prom­ise that they won’t ig­nore older ve­hi­cles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Front Page - Tom Seymour www.gov.uk

The Driver and Ve­hi­cle Stan­dards Agency (DVSA) has as­sured clas­sic own­ers that the skills needed to MoT their cars will not be left be­hind, de­spite changes be­ing made to what’s be­ing taught to MoT testers.

A new manda­tory MoT tester qual­i­fi­ca­tion will be in­tro­duced in Septem­ber this year in an at­tempt to stan­darise an­nual in­spec­tions across test cen­tres.

MoT train­ing con­tent for the 58,000 testers al­ready op­er­at­ing across the coun­try has been re­viewed to re­flect ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy.

It was widely spec­u­lated across the clas­sic car in­dus­try that with new MoT train­ing be­ing in­tro­duced, old skills es­sen­tial for main­tain­ing and mend­ing clas­sics would be lost.

But Dave Eas­ton, DVSA MoT train­ing project ex­ec­u­tive, is quick to re­as­sure own­ers of older cars.

He tells CCW: ‘The train­ing struc­ture has re­mained the same and the knowl­edge to cover ve­hi­cles of any age will be cov­ered as part of the MoT train­ing.’

New MoT testers need to have four years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the mo­tor trade MANDA­TORY QUAL­I­FI­CA­TIONS

The Driver and Ve­hi­cle and Stan­dards Agency (DVSA) re­ports that the knowl­edge needed to MoT clas­sic cars will not be left be­hind – as com­pe­tency is up­dated to the lat­est ve­hi­cle tech­nolo­gies.

The DVSA is in­tro­duc­ing a new manda­tory MoT tester qual­i­fi­ca­tion in Septem­ber this year. It says that while the ‘vast ma­jor­ity’ of the 42 mil­lion tests car­ried out each year in the UK are to the cor­rect stan­dard, ‘er­rors can and have oc­curred’.

A new qual­i­fi­ca­tion and train­ing regime is in­tended to im­prove stan­dards and con­sis­tency across the in­dus­try.

The con­tent of MoT train­ing for the 58,000 testers al­ready op­er­at­ing across the coun­try has been re­viewed to re­flect ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy and changes in mod­ern ve­hi­cle de­sign.

It was thought that with new MoT train­ing be­ing in­tro­duced, old skills es­sen­tial for main­tain­ing and mend­ing clas­sics would be lost. Dave Eas­ton, DVSA MoT train­ing project ex­ec­u­tive is quick to calm these wor­ries. He says: ‘The struc­ture of the train­ing has re­mained the same and the knowl­edge to cover ve­hi­cles of any age will be cov­ered as part of the train­ing.

‘The DVSA will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the train­ing and com­pe­tence of testers as it has al­ways done and ar­eas of con­cern will be ad­dressed in the an­nual train­ing syl­labus which will be tai­lored to im­prove the knowl­edge of MoT testers in spe­cific ar­eas to en­sure their skills are up to date.’

New MoT testers need to have at least four years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the mo­tor trade to take the new qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Ap­pli­cants will have to suc­cess­fully com­plete the qual­i­fi­ca­tion and pass a prac­ti­cal as­sess­ment be­fore be­ing au­tho­rised to test. The fi­nal as­sess­ment will be con­ducted by a DVSA ex­am­iner.

Once they start car­ry­ing out MoT tests, work­ers will need to pass an an­nual as­sess­ment to re­tain their au­tho­ri­sa­tion to test.

An­nual train­ing and as­sess­ment of MoT testers was in­tro­duced in April 2016. Un­der the old sys­tem, MoT testers had to com­plete two days of re­fresher train­ing ev­ery five years, but now they will have to do three hours each year – and pass the as­sess­ment be­fore be­ing per­mit­ted to con­tinue to test cars.

How­ever, MoT sta­tions that reg­u­larly test clas­sic cars have aired con­cerns about the lack of clas­sic friendly garages. Pete Dane, pro­pri­etor of Mo­tor­va­tion and ad­ja­cent MoT cen­tre in Bar­nack, Lin­colnshire, says: ‘A lot of it can only come from ex­pe­ri­ence, and that’s a com­mod­ity that’s dy­ing out. Garages deal­ing with clas­sics know what is ac­cept­able and what isn’t – they tend to be a bit more sym­pa­thetic. Few mod­ern garages are quite so clas­sic aware.

‘But in many ways clas­sics are eas­ier for MoTs – you don’t need to worry about emis­sions, lambda sen­sors, and seat­belts in some cases. You can only test what’s fit­ted.’

CCW re­search shows that clas­sic car own­ers pre­fer clas­sic-friendly garages for re­pairs and an­nual test­ing.

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