Check your MoT ex­piry date

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Your Letters -

My Mercedes-Benz SL (R129) had a cur­rent MoT that was down to ex­pire on 16 Fe­bru­ary 2016. The cer­tifi­cate clearly stated that to pre­serve the an­niver­sary of the ex­piry date, the ear­li­est date the car could be pre­sented for MoT was 17 Jan­uary 2016.

I pre­sented the car for MoT on 19 Jan­uary, which it passed, but when I in­spected the cer­tifi­cate, it showed an ex­piry date of 18 Jan­uary 2017. I raised this with the tester, who in­formed me that the date was en­tered by the com­puter and he had no con­trol over it. I con­tacted the DVLA, who con­firmed that it was in­cor­rect, but they were un­able to ex­plain why the wrong date had been in­serted. They also stated it was not an iso­lated in­ci­dent.

It ap­pears as a re­sult of my en­quiry, DVLA will re-is­sue the cer­tifi­cate with the cor­rect date but this will take eight to 10 weeks. It is worth any reader who has take their ve­hi­cle for MoT re­cently to check the ex­piry dates. Stephen Ho­p­ley, Wal­sall, West Mid­lands

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