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Garages and testing stations are equipped with a printer, PC, smart card reader and modem free of charge (above is a screenshot from a garage testing station PC). Vosa pays SBS £1.09 for every pass carried out using the MOT system.
SBS established two mainframes in Blackpool which hold the central MOT database of vehicle information, test results and details of authorised examiners and testers. The garages and Vosa are connected to this database.
Police can use the system to check MOT certificates, and the system will link in with automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) databases which can check against a list of vehicles without MOT certificates in future.
The MOT computerisation project aims to take a million illegal and dangerous cars off the UK's roads and provide greater protection for motorists and consumers.
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