New anti-MOT fraud guidance published by DVSA

Published:  26 April, 2021

New guidance on how to report a MOT tester or garage suspected of fraud has been published by DVSA.

People can report a garage or tester if they believe MOT certificates are being given to vehicles which should have failed or have not been tested, or certificates are being issued for bribes or for failing vehicles unnecessarily to generate work. The garage or tester could be banned from carrying out MOTs, fined or given a prison sentence, depending on the seriousness of the offence.

DVSA investigated 2,057 fraud reports over the last year, which resulted in 156 garages and 335 testers being stopped from testing.

Commenting on the new guidance, DVSA Director of Enforcement Marian Kitson said: “Although most garage owners and MOT testers follow the rules and work within legitimately run businesses, there are still those who try to cheat the system. MOT fraud effectively allows unsafe vehicles on the road, so we’ll come down hard on the perpetrators to protect the public and integrity of the MOT.”

The new guidance is available at www.gov.uk/guidance/report-an-mot-tester

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