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In May, I pre­sented my 2008 Mercedes-benz 200 Kom­pres­sor to my lo­cal MOT sta­tion. When I called back to col­lect my car, I was told that it had passed with an ad­vi­sory that the front brake pads were wear­ing thin. You can imag­ine my dis­ap­point­ment, hav­ing fit­ted new Brembo 330mm front discs and Min­tex pads front and rear in Fe­bru­ary and hav­ing only cov­ered 600 miles since. When I queried the ad­vi­sory with the tester, he said that there was very lim­ited space to be able to see the state of the brake pads. I of­fered to re­move the front wheels for him to look prop­erly, but he de­clined. I told him that I couldn’t un­der­stand how he could say the pads were wear­ing thin if he hadn’t even looked at them, but he re­fused to change the re­sult. I have since filled in a V17 com­plaint form for the DVSA and had a re­ply that they can’t launch an ap­peal for ad­vi­sories, but had passed my com­plaint on to the rel­e­vant in­tel­li­gence unit for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

If MOT testers can just put down what they feel will cover them then I don’t think the new MOT reg­u­la­tions are help­ful to the ev­ery­day mo­torist. Af­ter all, this is not a true record of the state of my ve­hi­cle and, if I were to sell the car, a buyer could look up the MOT his­tory and it would not re­flect well – or ac­cu­rately – on my own­er­ship of it.

B Fuller

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