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Once a vehicle has been tested using the new MOT system, the owner will no longer need to take their MOT certificate to the Post Office when re-licensing their vehicle. Instead when the owner applies for Road Tax, the Post Office will automatically check the database to confirm the vehicle has a current MOT.
The MOT computerisation project is the final part of the electronic vehicle licensing initiative that allows the authorities to check a vehicle is registered with the DVLA, and has valid insurance and a current MOT through links with the Association of British Insurers and DVLA systems.
The free online public enquiry service also allows people to check the MOT status and history of a vehicle, including mileage, which will provide protection against buying 'clocked' cars where the mileage has been tampered with.
Vosa hopes to extend the system in future to include 'virtual MOTs' where motorists will be able to go online to check for the most common reasons for MOT failures on their make of vehicle and to locate an authorised garage or testing station and make a booking.
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