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DVSA clarifies lack of MOT certificate authority

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The DVSA has confirmed that paper MOT certificates should be viewed only as a receipt of the test and customers should check the validity of a vehicle’s MOT using the Governments online database.

It made the statement in response to a Freedom of Information request by Claims Management & Adjusting (CMA).

Philip Swift, former police detective and managing director of CMA, said: “This important clarification should signal a change in consumer best practice. Most car buyers accept the paper MOT at face value, but 25 years of investigating cloned and clocked vehicles has taught us not to be so trusting.

“Vehicle crime has become highly sophisticated but when it comes to paper MOTs a lot of the tactics are rudimentary, commonly simple photocopies with the mileage altered. In one recent case, someone had downloaded the sample certificate from the government website, filled it in and passed it off as genuine. They should at least put a watermark on that because they’ve inadvertently provided a handy resource for fraudsters.”

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  • IanM - 26/04/2017 14:12

    This sounds like the opening gambit in doing away with the paper certificates altogether and making it fully digital.

  • ANPR over-dependency - 02/05/2017 10:47

    As ever with Government departments trying to save money it's not been thought through, providing a template for fraudsters on the website, genius! Add that to the huge increase in the number of untaxed vehicles since "taxdiscs" were abolished and the government must actually be losing revenue, plus we have to put up with yet more vehicles on the roads with no tax, MOT, and probably, insurance.

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