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.
Falsely issuing certificates
During the week that DVSA watched the firm, just 23 vehicles arrived to take their MOT but the garage issued 103 MOT certificates – more than four times the number of vehicles actually tested.
Of those certificates falsely issued, 48 were for cars that hadn’t been tested for up to two years.
All four men have been sentenced for their part in the fraud and also had their authority to perform MOT tests removed for the maximum five years.
DVSA chief executive, Gareth Llewellyn said: “We take the quality of MOT testing extremely seriously, have carried out almost 10,000 visits, assessments and re-examinations and continue to work with the industry to improve test quality.
“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.”
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