DVSA prosecutes shoddy Bristol MOT tester

Tester logged into account of former employer to falsely issue 25 MOT certificates for vehicles inspected in layby

DVSA prosecutes shoddy Bristol MOT tester
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A Bristol MOT tester has been prosecuted by the DVSA after carrying out sub-standard MOTs in a Keynsham layby.

Paul Court-Chandler was found guilty of fraud on July 3 at Bristol Magistrates Court when he admitted logging into the account of his former employer, Stockwood Garage, to falsely issue 25 MOT certificates.

He admitted that none of the vehicles had ever been to the garage printed on the certificate and therefore had not had the brakes, emissions or underside checked.

“Serious issue”

Andy Rice, DVSA head of counter fraud and investigations said: “DVSA’s priority is to protect everyone from unsafe drivers and vehicles.

“MOT fraud is a serious issue, it puts potentially dangerous vehicles on the road.

Artificial intelligence

“This is why we’re now using artificial intelligence and expert analysis to interrogate MOT records and pick out potentially fraudulent or incompetent tests.

“When we find such activity, we’ll consider banning and prosecuting offenders, and will push for the strongest punishments.”

For the first and second offences a total of 52 weeks in prison was handed down, suspended for 24 months.

For remaining offences there was a custodial sentence of 26 weeks suspended for 24 months to run concurrently.

He was also made the subject of a 12- month community order with 150 hours of unpaid work.

The judge ordered him to pay a contribution towards prosecution costs of £1200 together with a victim surcharge of £140.

He also was banned from being an MOT tester by DVSA.

The deception came to light after DVSA received intelligence about the issue and launched an investigation.

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    nick seabrook

    A good reason to update your sites nominated tester details when you have a member of staff leave.

    #182098 Reply

    Who wrote the headline ?

    I don’t think SHODDY quite covers it !

    #182234 Reply

    Fair point Dougal!

    #182332 Reply
    graham cox

    what about the people that used this man were they aware the tests were dodgy??

    #182339 Reply
    kevin appleyard

    Why not fine the car owners as well , they must have been aware that they were buying a pass so are as culpable as the tester.

    The only way to stop these dodgy traders is to educate the public into not using them !

    #182343 Reply
    Eric Roberts

    This type of thing is usually tied up with trade tests ! We dont do these anymore! eric roberts http://www.mot-halifax.co.uk

    #182429 Reply

    People like him should get a minimum of 10 years in prison for handing out dodgy mot’s and seriously putting other motorists lives at risk. Crooked Paul Court Chandler is not only shoddy but an unscrupulous thief.

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