Even though the vast majority of vehicle testers and testing centres follow the rules, there are some that will try to cheat the system.
The information in this section explains how to report an MOT tester or testing centre for fraudulent activities and what would happen afterwards.
The DVSA will take legal action against any testers or centres that:
Important: Another section explains how to appeal an MOT test result if you believe it is wrong (e.g. you think the vehicle should have passed even though it failed).
The DVSA investigates around 2,000 fraud reports a year. Often, it results in them stopping testers from testing and garages from operating.
Hence, reporting MOT fraud helps to protect the public against vehicles that may be unsafe or are being driven in a dangerous condition.
You do not have to give your contact information (e.g. name and address) when you report an MOT tester or the vehicle testing centre to the intelligence unit at the DVSA.
But, you should try to give them as much information as possible about any fraudulent activity that took place, including:
Note: The main section contains more information and guidance about MOT rules and regulations in the United Kingdom.
When reporting something anonymously (e.g. by writing a letter or telephoning the DVSA Intelligence Unit), they will not:
Note: It may be possible for the tester or testing centre to work out who actually sent in the report (e.g. by the information given).
You may decide not to remain anonymous and give some of your personal information to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).
If so, they may contact you for extra information, and:
The DVSA provides further guidance about their privacy notice and what happens with the details that they store and use.
The next step in the process is for the DVSA to review the information given to them and then decide what action to take. This often includes:
As a rule, the seriousness of the offence will determine what happens to the tester or the centre. It can result in them being:
You can ask the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency for feedback about a criminal prosecution. But, they cannot provide comments about a case until after:
Receiving reports from members of the public is only one of the ways that the DVSA tackles cases of MOT fraud.
For example, they also:
Reporting a Fraudulent MOT Tester or Centre to the DVSA