Heavy vehicle MOT certificates go digital from Monday

The DVSA wants to reduce the industry's over-reliance on paper

Heavy vehicle MOT certificates go digital from Monday
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From Monday 29 April, the DVSA will stop printing MOT pass certificates for heavy vehicles as it continues its digital transformation project.

Certificates can already be viewed online via the MOT history service as soon as the test is completed. Testers can view and/or download certificates issued from 2021.

Gordon Thomson, DVSA’s head of vehicle testing, said: “In most cases, you won’t need the physical piece of paper and I’d encourage you to view the vehicle’s record on MOT history instead, ensuring the details on the certificate are correct and check for any advisory items.

“But, by exception, the VSA will still print a copy if you really need one – for example, if you have any difficulties accessing the internet.

“We will continue to print failure certificates for the time being. We are considering whether to take the same approach with failures in the future and it would be useful to receive any thoughts or comments you may have. We will of course let you know if we intend to change or approach moving forward.”

The DVSA says the change will reduce the industry’s over-reliance on paper, while saving operators the £13 it costs to replace a lost certificate.

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