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New-style MOT test certificate comes into force on 17 October 2011

New-look MOT certificate from October 2011

FROM Monday 17 October 2011, when you get your van MOT’d there will be a new look to the MOT certificate.

Instead of the traditional green and white form, MOT certificates will be printed on to a single side of plain A4 paper in black ink. Although the certificate will look different it is still confirmation that an MOT result has been recorded on the official MOT database, says the the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).

VOSA believes this new format will bring benefits for van users as the advisory notice, which warns owners of those defects that do not warrant a failure and was previously printed on a separate sheet, will now be shown on the same single sheet. This will help people buying used vans as, when potential buyers ask to see the MOT certificate, there is no risk that the sheet with the ‘advisories’ on will be missing.

Alastair Peoples, chief executive of VOSA said: “Making this change to the MOT certificate will help reduce costs for VOSA and for garages at the same time as providing information in a more useful format.

“Drivers will benefit by having all the details about their van included on one sheet of paper making it easier to keep track of your paperwork and allowing people buying used commercials to see all the relevant information about the vehicle.”

Posters will be on display at MOT garages to give customers more information and existing certificates will still be valid until they expire.

Since 2006 all MOT test results have been entered in to the MOT database. The database can be accessed online and certificates can be verified against the electronic record.

Information on how to check an MOT is genuine
Go to the DirectGov site and read this: Check your vehicle’s MOT status and history online.

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