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prosecution of mot tester 'sends message to fraudsters'

An MOT tester has received a 12-month community order and ordered to carry out 200 hours’ unpaid work, pay £2627 costs and an £85 victim surcharge for issuing a certificate without testing the vehicle.

Steven McDermott was sentenced at Bodmin Magistrates’ Court on 16 November.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) investigated after a tip-off, visiting Halfords in St Austell and interviewing management staff.

McDermott, of Indian Queens, St Columb, Cornwall, admitted he had issued an MOT test certificate without the physical test taking place.

DVSA investigators subsequently started a prosecution and issued a testing cessation letter to the accused.

DVSA Enforcement Manager, South West & South Central, Stuart Carter, said: “The annual MOT is an important aspect of road safety and DVSA will pursue and prosecute those who defraud the system by issuing pass certificates without carrying out the test.

“This sentence sends out a clear message that those who put public safety at risk will be dealt with accordingly.”

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