The MOT Extension – Contract MOT Testers’ Commonly Asked Questions

The MOT Extension – Contract MOT Testers’ Commonly Asked Questions

This article was originally published on 10 June 2020

MOT Extension Questions from Autotech Recruit Contract MOT Testers

We have been receiving a lot of questions from our contractors regarding MOT-related issues during the coronavirus pandemic. Here's a summary of the most common ones.

What is our take on the MOT 6-month extension?


Whilst the motives for the MOT extension were sound back in March, there are serious risks in the extension remaining in place now that we are easing out of lockdown, and day by day we see more cars returning on the roads, thousands of them with dangerous defects.


Most automotive bodies and organisations, including the IMI and SMMT, are strongly advocating an early cancellation of that extension, and we are still hoping to see some government announcement on this in the near future.


The 6-month MOT extension is what triggered the general shut down of the garages and workshops. Well over a million of MOTs that should have been carried out in this period of time, so there is a lot of pent-up demand out there that will have to be dealt with in the near future.


If MOT testers haven’t worked for a while, how will it affect their RAG rating? In the past, if a tester hadn't tested a vehicle for three months, they had to pass an MOT demonstration test. Does this still apply?


We are sure the DVSA will take a pragmatic view and be flexible. It is nobody’s fault that we are in this situation and you don’t need to be overly concerned.


When we spoke to them a few days ago, the official guidance was that testers will become suspended after 6 months from the date of their last test.


They will then need to complete a DVSA demonstration test and the current year's annual training and assessment.


So, if you are getting close to the 3-month mark, you still have up to 3 more months to carry out a test.


However, if you currently have the opportunity to do an MOT test outside of your work with Autotech Recruit, we encourage you to do so.


Has the DVSA rolled out the 2020/21 MOT training and assessment syllabus yet?


Yes, it’s out. We have had a number of guys book to take it in the last few weeks. If you email, Mandla will be able to help you to set up your annual assessment.


We strongly advise you use this quieter time to complete your 2020/2021 training and assessment while you have time to get it out of the way.


If you would like to speak about the MOT training and assessment with our team, please get in touch on 01234 603 111 or email


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