MOT fraud crackdown remains key focus for DVSA

MOT accreditation withdrawn from 143 garages and 20 prosecutions in the last year

MOT fraud crackdown remains key focus for DVSA
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The DVSA has published its annual report, outlining its 2020-2021 activities.

Some 40,490,000 MOT certificates were issued from 2021-22, up from 38,790,000 in the previous period.

Following on from the DVSA’s Beat the Rush campaign in 2020, the agency says it continued to support MOT garages with communication campaigns through the increased testing demands of autumn in the latest period.

The report states 87 per cent of MOT garages were satisfied with the service they receive from DVSA, the report states.

The DVSA says it continued focus on encouraging garages to use more modern test equipment and is testing the use of cameras in the MOT as an assurance against fraud.

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The number of MOT cases where the DVSA acted upon the most serious fraud, dishonesty and negligence increased by 5.3 per cent.

The DVSA introduced a new service to address garage fraud and poor-quality testing, enabling the public to report garages where they believe there may be fraud including wrongfully issuing MOT certificates.

During the last year the DVSA investigated 1,362 suspected cases of MOT fraud, which led to 143 garages having their MOT accreditation withdrawn and 20 prosecutions.

The report reads: “DVSA is committed to protecting the integrity of the driver and vehicle testing and compliance services.

“The agency maintains both fraud and bribery, and whistleblowing policies which are available to all colleagues online.

“All reported instances of fraud and bribery are investigated.”

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