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Shocked by MOT secret

By Shropshire Star | Readers' letters | Published:

A friend recently told me the ugly secret of a car on the road with its front number plate missing and on the dash. It could be, he explained, a way of avoiding paying road tax/insurance/MOT.

Sure enough and amazingly coincidentally after our conversation, we spotted a car on a public highway with its front number plate missing and on the dash. I checked the number plate on the rear of the same car with the DVLA records and bingo, it had no valid MOT.

I wondered how many cars were illegally on the road, the registered owners or drivers getting away without paying while poor old me is funding them?

Furthermore I understand the penalty for driving without an MOT is not generally too severe if dealt with swiftly. No points are issued on a driver’s licence although a fine is imposed by court of up to a maximum of £1,000.

A £100 fixed penalty notice is usually the method dealt with by police which costs the driver £100.

Peter Hassall, Shifnal

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