MOT sector could face “significant” revenue loss, warns IMI
The Institute of the Automotive Industry (IMI) has warned that garages could experience a “significant” loss in revenue if they fail to complete annual training by April 30.
Garages risk losing their certificates to offer MOTs if they fail to meet the DVSA deadline, which could have “serious consequences” on revenue and road safety, IMI director general said , Steve Nash.
“Our concern right now is that a number of MOT technicians are stuck between a rock and a hard place,” Nash said.
“The increased volumes they faced due to the MOT 2020 expansion made it difficult for them to find the time to complete their training and assessment.
“But the worst of the rush is now over and if they miss the April 30 deadline, they will lose an important source of revenue, not only for MOTs but for the other jobs that being able to offer MOTs allows. “
Garages and workshops should expect a drop in demand for MOT tests in April and May due to last year’s MOT extension, according to BookMyGarage.com.
The number of cars that are expected to fail their MOT in 2021 has increased, according to a Motor Ombudsman investigation.
Nash also pointed out that industry professionals who have not yet passed their assessment may find that they have little time to retake due to the higher pass rate required by the DVSA of 80%.
IMI said it offers an MOT training and assessment package, which allows technicians to re-take the assessment up to three times, IMI said.
The IMI MOT Training and Assessment for 2021 offers three options, training only, assessment only, and combined training and assessment.
Missing the deadline also jeopardizes road safety if the MOT testing market shrinks, Nash said.
Last year, the DVSA extended ratings of MOT testers for one month due to the coronavirus outbreak.