Test certificates may change to fight theft
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• A far-reaching review of the car MoT system which could bring sweeping changes to the truck annual test system is nearing completion.
Knock-on effects from the Department of Transport study could include the end of the current boom in the theft of thousands of HGV and trailer annual test certificates.
The review team is studying the possibility of replacing conventional MoT test certificate pads with computer-generated certificates from each test site. Site staff would have to pass strict security codes to enter the system before printing individual certificates.
With thousands of vehicle test certificates stolen each year from the VT's own test stations, the VI would also be under pressure to install any security recommendations from the review. But the main objective of the review is how to improve road safety standards by improving the consistency of car testing standards. As a result, testers could have to consult vehicle-specific manuals to remove the subjectivity of tests and undergo more training.