MOT system breakdown sends garages back to paper

The UK’s £230m MOT system suffered technical problems this week, disrupting the work of garages around the country.

The UK’s £230m MOT system suffered technical problems this week, disrupting the work of garages around the country.

The cause of the problem isn’t yet known but the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency has confirmed the disruptions, which started earlier this week.

Siemens Business Services (SBS) built the system under a 10-year private finance initiative on behalf of the government. After severe delays, the system finally went live this March.

The UK’s 18,500 authorised MOT testing centres are linked to the system, which was designed to replace handwritten MOT testing certificates, wipe out the sale of fraudulent certificates, and keep dangerous vehicles off the road.

During this week’s disruptions, garages had to revert to handwritten MOT notes.

Siemens hasn’t commented on the problems. It is believed the system is now working as normal.

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