Sharp rise in MOT tester disqualifications

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A Freedom of Information request has revealed that 687 MOT testers have been disqualified in the last two years, a rise of 49% compared with the previous period. In addition, over 1000 formal warnings were issued by DVSA to testers that did not result in immediate disqualification.

MOT disqualifications on the rise

 

The data was obtained in a FOI request from the DVSA by garage aggregation site BookMyGarage.com. The disqualification of MOT testers usually occurs following improper or careless practices during the test procedure, or for issuing fraudulent certificates. Even before the most recent jump, tester disqualifications have risen steadily in recent years, with the DVSA banning nearly 3.5 times compared to 2015/16.

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The disqualification of MOT testers usually occurs following improper or careless practices during the test procedure, or for issuing fraudulent certificates. Tester disqualifications have risen steadily in recent years, with the DVSA banning nearly 3.5 times the number of testers in 2020/21 compared to 2015/16.

“We welcome the disqualification of rogue MOT testers, as it grants peace of mind that vehicles on the road are being inspected properly. This ultimately improves safety for all road users,” said Karen Rotberg, Co-founder of BookMyGarage.com.

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