|The introduction of the computerised
MOT system is a breakthrough that takes the test and the
organization behind it firmly into the electronic age.
The computerised MOT system retains an electronic copy of all
MOT test results in a retrievable database. This allows vehicle
owners to check the authenticity of an MOT certificate using the
One main advantage of the computerisation of the MOT system
is fighting counterfeited certificates. Now, if you have an MOT
certificate you can quickly and simply make sure it's genuine.
It is also possible for police forces and other officials to
know if your car is has an MOT based on your registration
number. ANPR (Automatic number late recognition) camera are becoming
more and more popular. They are often fitted to police cars and
can read your number place as you pass. This alerts the officers
to any motorist who is driving a car that does not have a valid
In recent times the only way to know if a car had an MOT or
not was to ask the driver/owner of the vehicle to produce the
MOT test certificate. This method was time consuming and not
entirely reliable. it was also open to abuse if people where
able to obtain a certificate using illegal means.
MOT computerisation is certainly the way forward.
information from the VOSA