Updates from DVSA – MOT Special Notice 02-23, improving mileage recording errors and DVSA’s 2030 vision

Updates from DVSA – MOT Special Notice 02-23, improving mileage recording errors and DVSA’s 2030 vision


MOT special notice 02-23: changes to annual training and testing guide update

DVSA issued its second Special Notice of the year on 1 April, announcing changes to annual training hours and updates to the MOT testing guide:

1. MOT annual training

From 1 April 2023, the amount of required annual training hours will change.

1.1 What’s changing

The minimum amount of training required is being reduced from 3 hours of MOT tester training each year and 16 hours in 5 years, to 3 hours of MOT tester training each year.

1.2 Who the change applies to

The changes apply to:

  • all current testers
  • testers returning from suspensions or lapses

2. MOT guide

The MOT testing guide will be updated on 3 April 2023.

To see the full list of changes, select ‘see all updates’ at the top of the MOT testing guide to see what’s been updated.

Updates include:

  • amendments to the annual training requirement
  • information to prevent testers becoming lapsed
  • two factor authentication for testers
  • evidence of exclusive use

3. BMW – R18, motorcycle tyre fitment

These motorcycles are fitted with a radial tyre on the front and a bias-belted tyre on the rear. As they were type approved with this arrangement it should not be considered a reason for failure.

You can read the full special notice on the GOV.UK website.


April’s Matters of Testing blog explains the steps that DVSA has taken to make it easier to spot when a mistake has been made recording a vehicle’s mileage as part of the MOT test.

Since last July, the MTS has been displaying a warning message if the mileage reading entered is the same as, or very much higher than, the last test. This gives the tester the chance to double-check their figures.

The DVSA plans to update the system again so that it will show the previous test’s mileage, making it even easier to compare readings. Other plans include more work on automatic data download direct from the vehicle into the system, and the use of cameras to read registration plates.

The blog also gives advice on what evidence needs to be sent to DVSA if you realise a mistake has been made after the 28-day window when the MOT centre can update the certificate.

DVSA publishes its vision to 2030

Also in April, DVSA published its Vision to 2030 policy paper. The document explains what DVSA plans to do to “keep Britain moving, safely and sustainably,” covering why DVSA must act; what DVSA must do by 2030; what DVSA must achieve by 2030 and how DVSA will do it.

Among a wide range of policy pledges, the DVSA notes that it will

  • review the MOT model for HGVs, buses and trailers
  • make sure vehicle approval tests allow new vehicle technology to be trialled and rolled out across the country
  • make the best use of data and technology to improve standards of MOT testing and driving instruction

Read the full document here.