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MOT? PASS – NO PROBLEM!

THE DVSA TARGETS FRAUDULENT MOT TESTING

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Ever thought that there were things wrong with your vehicle and that MOT you just got was a bit too easy? Well, perhaps it wasn't the MOT fairy, it just might have been dodgy as 2,057 reports of MOT fraud were made against MOT stations last year. The Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVSA) is in the process of coming down hard on these dodgy stations as they are basically enabling unsafe traffic to hit the road with all the potential problems which this could lead to.

The DVSA investigation has exposed 156 garages and 335 MOT testers as fraudulent, guilty of awarding MOT passes to vehicles which should have failed, passing vehicles without even inspecting them and taking bribes in exchange for MOT passes. Oops!

In an attempt to combat this situation, which seems to be on the rise, the DVSA have issued new guidance on reporting suspected MOT fraud and are encouraging people to contact them anonymously if they suspect fraudulent MOTs. There is guidance on how to do this on the government website. The exposure as fraudulent carries heavy penalties for the perpetrator, such as fines, bans or even a custodial sentence, reflecting how serious it is to allow unroadworthy vehicles out on the road.

If you are making a report you will need to note: Who the tester is, where the MOT station is, what they have been doing and all the other salient points pertaining to the suspected dodgy MOT.

Have you ever come across this situation in your life of annual MOTs? What do you think about it? Let us know at news@wemoto.com or drop us a message on Facebook.

TOPICS: MOT DVSA GOVERNMENT
Posted by Lucy England
for Wemoto News on 04 May 2021 in General News

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