Pontefract MOT Tester banned by DVSA fraud

Published:  13 January, 2022

A Pontefract-based MOT tester who claimed to have performed a MOT test on a van in West Yorkshire when it was actually in Spain has been sentenced to a 12-month community order and banned from testing.

Jamie Smith issued a pass certificate for the Mercedes-Benz C van in the UK, when at the time it had been impounded by Spanish police for not having valid tax or MOT. A search of the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) network provided no hits of the vehicle being on the UK road network at the time.

It was one of a total of nine vehicles where he issued false MOT certificates. He initially denied the offences, but when presented with the evidence admitted to the offences and to having received payment for fraudulent MOTs. He was sentenced to a community order to include 50 hours of unpaid work, and was ordered to pay full costs totalling £1,620 at Kirklees Magistrates Court on 5 January. He was also given the full five-year cessation notice by DVSA.

Commenting on the outcome of the case, DVSA’s Head Regulatory Services & Transformation, Caroline Hicks said: “Mr. Smith had no way of knowing the condition of the vehicles. His greed put the safety of drivers and the public danger. We will ensure that anyone who compromises safety in pursuit of personal gain feels the full force of the law.”

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