The DVSA have recently stated that some MOT Testers have been carrying out tests for Class 5 vehicles when they are not qualified to do so and/or their vehicle testing station (VTS) is not approved to test this class vehicle.
If you are caught carrying out these tests without the proper qualification or approval then you AND your vehicle testing station can receive 500 penalty points and be removed from testing.
What is a Class 5 Vehicle?
A class 5 vehicle are those of private passenger vehicles, motor caravans, ambulances and dual-purpose vehicles in all cases with 13 or more passenger seats.
A class 5 light vehicle (5L) is a smaller class 5 that is limited to 5,000kg design gross weight (DGW). The Class 5L vehicles can be tested at a class 7 station as long as it is approved for testing class 5 Light private passenger vehicles.
Becoming a Class 5 Tester
If you want to carry out tests on a class 5 vehicle, you must have already completed the qualification for Class 4 & 7 Testing and the DVSA MOT demonstration test. You will then need to complete additional training specific to testing class 5 vehicles and another DVSA MOT demonstration test. The same applies if you want to test class 3 vehicles, by doing additional training specifically for that test class.
Gain this qualification and complete the Assessment Online
MOT Online Learning off e-learning courses for the additional training Class 5 vehicles, and the Assessments with ABC Awards for Class 5 and Class 3 Testing.
These online courses make it easy to gain the correct qualification in your own time, which you can do on your computer, tablet or smartphone.
Once you have completed the training and assessments, and passed the demonstration test, you will then be authorised to carry out Class 5 MOT Tests at a VTS that is approved to test this class.