An MOT system failure has left garages unable to issue certificates, forcing drivers off the road.

With the risk of driving illegally, motorists are being left without a vehicle. The government system glitch has resulted in thousands of garages turning customers away.

While the multi-million pound system fails to function correctly, the garages no longer have the means to issue MOT certificates – meaning drivers would be at risk of being with a valid MOT.

The Government's Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVLA) has blamed a technical issue for the problems experienced by garages throughout the country.

As a backup, garages have been asked by officials to issue the old-style paper certificates to drivers to prove their eligibility to drive. Garage owners were quick to point out that police were unlikely to accept paper MOT's when the computers they use to check cars would show the car had no such certificate.

With 29 million MOT tests carried out last year alone, the service is an integral part to garage's work.

A DVSA spokesperson told the Daily Mail: "We are aware that there are issues and that some garages are having problems using the system. It is affecting areas across the country. There are contingencies in place. But we are aware that there are issues."

The problems have arisen since the DVLA switched to a cloud-based system, which was designed to be quicker and easier for garages to access. It should allow garages to more easily manage MOT test results, as it doesn't require specialist IT equipment.


Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

December 20, 2015