DVSA reveals MOT certificate is just ‘paper receipt’ 0

DVSA-reveals-MOT-certificate-is-just-paper-receiptCar buyers have been urged to check their vehicle’s MOT details online, following a statement by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) that the paper certificate issued upon completion of a successful MOT is nothing more than a ‘receipt style’ document.

The clarification was issued by the body’s MOT Scheme Management Team after a Freedom of Information request was made by Claims Management & Adjusting (CMA). The official response was that the paper test certificate ‘is a receipt style certificate and it is the database holds the authorities record’.

Managing Director of CMA, Philip Swift, a former police detective, 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.”

It is relatively easy to check a details vehicle’s MOT status via the Government’s website below.

https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-history

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