The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) has issued a warning to drivers to be on the lookout for counterfeit versions of the new-style MOT certificate, following the arrest of a suspected forger.
The 38-year-old man was arrested by Cleveland Police on suspicion of forging MOT test certificates with intent to deceive – he has since been released on bail pending further enquiries.
Gerald Taylor, the TSI's motor trade lead officer, explained that the paper certification can be easily replicated, and that a lack of awareness persists about the fact that drivers can now only check if they have a valid MOT through online channels.
"We are concerned that motorists still do not know that paper certificates are no longer proof of existence of a valid MoT certificate," he said.
"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."
The announcement foregrounds the importance of choosing a trusted MOT provider to avoid being conned.
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Posted by Danielle Barge