When buying a used car, motorists are cautioned that a printed copy of the new MOT certificates may be a forgery.
According to the Trading Standards Institute (TSI), the full details of the MOT are no longer printed on the MOT certificate but are saved on the website of the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency. This change came with the introduction last October of the new MOT certificate, which is now only a receipt for the MOT test.
Used-car buyers need to be aware that the paper certificate can be easily forged and they will need to go online to ascertain whether or not the car they are considering has passed the MOT.
The cautionary note from the TSI follows the arrest by Cleveland Police of a man, 38, who allegedly forged MOT certificates.
"We are concerned that motorists still do not know that paper certificates are no longer proof of existence of a valid MOT certificate," said Gerald Taylor, TSI's motor trade lead officer.
"The downloaded certificate in its present form can be altered and abused at will using the simplest of computer software available with nearly every personal computer. Purchasers - whether private or trade - should NOT rely on printed MOT certificates when buying cars."
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