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Old 11th July 2019, 12:39 PM
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I am doing an extended trip in my Motorhome and was chatting the other evening to another Motorhome user who spends the better part of his life in and around Alicante.
When I mentioned driving back to the UK for the MOT he said why not get it done here in Spain!!
Thinking this is probably a bit iffy, he went onto explain he has his done here and there has never been a problem with the DVLA and when coming to Tax the vehicle.
Its checked exactly the same as a UK MOT and will not pass if anything is suspect. Once done a normal certificate is produced and this can be check online with the DVLA web site.
I am going to see these people in the next few weeks and will pass on any info I find out but will not name them until I know all the facts.
Be interesting to hear from anyone who knows about this
I’m thinking of producing a follow up to that series ‘Bargain loving Brits in the Sun’.
I’m going to call it ‘Dodgy Brit small time crooks living off scams in the Sun’
Seems like your aquaintance could pass on a few likely ‘stars’.

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Old 11th July 2019, 01:21 PM
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Be aware if one is resident i spain they are not permitted to drive a non Spanish registered vehicle.
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Since I started this thread I have been doing a bit more research into this and have found out a number of things.
Firstly yes it is totally illegal but it is happening and a number of people who are doing this are charging anything from 150 /400.
Secondly it seems that the people involved do have a kosher garage in the UK and also a garage here in Spain who then do the test here and the paperwork which is all now done via computer it becomes an extension of their legitimate business back in the UK.
Third, I have now met quite a number of motorhome people who have done this here and are happy to pay the money as the alternative is a 1500 round trip for a test that in all fairness could easily be done here in Spain. One motorhome owner explained to me that the guy did a thorough test on his motorhome and would not accept payment until the paperwork showed up on the DVLA site, and it did a few minutes later, so he was then able to re tax his vehicle with no bother.
Ok its wrong, but it would be great to have a standadised test throughout Europe

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Old 16th July 2019, 06:34 AM
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It is wrong.

No it is illegal, a criminal offence committed by all parties concerned

I know of one case where the Policia Nacional set up a guy who was advertising MOTs and prosecuted him

But it’s a free country, well in the sense one is free to get caught if they so choose
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Old 16th July 2019, 09:17 AM
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Since I started this thread I have been doing a bit more research into this and have found out a number of things.
Firstly yes it is totally illegal but it is happening and a number of people who are doing this are charging anything from 150 /400.
Secondly it seems that the people involved do have a kosher garage in the UK and also a garage here in Spain who then do the test here and the paperwork which is all now done via computer it becomes an extension of their legitimate business back in the UK.
Third, I have now met quite a number of motorhome people who have done this here and are happy to pay the money as the alternative is a 1500 round trip for a test that in all fairness could easily be done here in Spain. One motorhome owner explained to me that the guy did a thorough test on his motorhome and would not accept payment until the paperwork showed up on the DVLA site, and it did a few minutes later, so he was then able to re tax his vehicle with no bother.
Ok its wrong, but it would be great to have a standadised test throughout Europe
Yes it would but I doubt it will happen. Until then the practice you describe is highly illegal and I hope the DVLA/Police find out and put a stop to it.

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here in spain when your itv is finished they take a photo of the vehicle with the number plate clearly on show to prove it was actually there, maybe Britain will start to do this to prevent this sort of fraud.

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Yes it would but I doubt it will happen.
The EU is already working on this. The last set of Directives started a harmonisation process of road-worthiness test procedures across the EU, but only procedural harmonisation at the moment.

Sadly though, not all members have implemented the last directives into their national legislation (Spain did last year) even though these directives are from 2014.

It is a slow process, and by the time the harmonisation is complete, the UK will probably not be in the EU, so wouldn't help the OP, but it is actually happening.

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