Mechanics sentenced and fined for issuing dodgy MOT certificates

Published:  06 November, 2017

Four mechanics have been given suspended sentences of up to eight months and will have to pay nearly £20,000 in fines, after a DVSA investigation found they were issuing fraudulent MOT certificates.

Garage owner Mark Huckstepp, his son - also called Mark - and employees Anthony Hinds and Jagdeep Lotey all worked at Gallows Corner MOTs in Romford.   

After receiving intelligence that the garage was issuing MOT certificates for cars they hadn’t seen, DVSA investigators started a surveillance operation to monitor vehicles arriving and leaving the testing station.

During the week that DVSA watched the firm, just 23 vehicles arrived to take their MOT, but the garage issued 103 MOT certificates. To make matters worse 48 certificates were issued for cars that hadn’t been tested for up to two years.   

Following the DVSA investigation and subsequent court case at Willesden Magistrates Court and Harrow Crown Court between 5 September and 27 October all four men were sentenced for their part in the fraud:

• Mark Huckstepp Senior of Dixon Close in Beckton, was sentenced to eight months custody (suspended for 18 months), ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and pay £5,777 costs plus a £140 victim surcharge. • Mark Huckstepp Junior of Lodge Lane in Grays, was sentenced to four months in custody (suspended for 18 months), ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and pay £5,677 costs plus a £115 victim surcharge. • Anthony Mark Hinds of Manford Cross, Chigwell, was sentenced to six months in custody (suspended for 18 months), ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and pay  £5,580 costs plus a £115 victim surcharge; and • Jagdeep Lotey of Tavistock Gardens, Ilford was ordered to carry out 175 hours of unpaid work and pay £1,000 costs. All four men have also had their authority to perform MOT tests removed for the maximum five years.

DVSA chief executive Gareth Llewellyn said: “Issuing fraudulent MOTs means increasing the number of unroadworthy, even dangerous vehicles on our roads. We’ll withdraw the right to provide MOTs, and will not hesitate in prosecuting garages who put the travelling public at risk.”  

Last year (2016/17) 761 warnings or disqualifications were issued to MOT garage or testers who carried out improper tests that endanger road users.

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