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Old 9th July 2019, 07:53 AM
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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

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Old 9th July 2019, 10:19 AM
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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
COMPLETELY ILLEGAL.

The person issuing the MOT's is breaking all sorts of laws and will loose his licence if DVLA find out.
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I would like to know how they are accessing the DVLA computer, or whose login they are using to update the MOT status.
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I would like to know how they are accessing the DVLA computer, or whose login they are using to update the MOT status.
maybe they know a dodgy 'mechanic' back in blighty that can access from a mot station the relevant DVLA web page print off a 'pass' and post it over to spain. I used to restore old motorcycles (these things were mint!) as a hobby back in England and whenever I took my bikes for a MOT the guy at the station used to say ''I'm not even going to insult you by testing that bike'' so we had a brew whilst the 45 minutes time allotted to carry out the test was up, job done, it's not even a 'proper' certificate anymore just a piece of paper as it's all logged at DVLA.

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I have heard tell of this but not been able to find any details.

I hope it's one of those stories - "someone down the pub told me that....", if not I'd be happy to find out some more
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Maybe the confusion comes from the new Spanish law on ITVs which states that an equivalent test in an EU country is valid as far as Spain is concerned, i.e. a Spanish car can have an MOT in the UK instead of the ITV in Spain, and the Spanish authorities will recognise this.

However, it doesn't work the other way around, if you take a UK registered vehicle to an ITV in Spain, they will test it and will issue a certificate if it passes, but it is a voluntary "for information only" certificate which is not legally valid.

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Maybe the confusion comes from the new Spanish law on ITVs which states that an equivalent test in an EU country is valid as far as Spain is concerned, i.e. a Spanish car can have an MOT in the UK instead of the ITV in Spain, and the Spanish authorities will recognise this.

However, it doesn't work the other way around, if you take a UK registered vehicle to an ITV in Spain, they will test it and will issue a certificate if it passes, but it is a voluntary "for information only" certificate which is not legally valid.
Does this mean that any Brit permanently resident in Spain who's attracted by an extended motoring holiday
in the UK and would ( in the past ) have said, No from taking an extended holiday break because
my ITV's due soon.
Can now say Yes to the extended holiday and no worries about the ITV because an MOT in the UK will do
just as nicely.

Although saying that maybe he or she still has to present their MOT at the ITV centre to get it validated
in some way ( maybe ? ) in Spanish ?? upon their return.
Of course there's one big fly in the ointment using the British MOT example and that is the UK is
supposed to leave the EU by the end of October, except for the period before the UK finally leaves
the EU, if it happens or BoJo fumbles Brexit.

Which reminds - here's another fine mess Brexit has got us into - so yet another eg letter for your
British MP of how Brexit is doing British Expats a disservice.

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Does this mean that any Brit permanently resident in Spain who's attracted by an extended motoring holiday
in the UK and would ( in the past ) have said, No from taking an extended holiday break because
my ITV's due soon.
Can now say Yes to the extended holiday and no worries about the ITV because an MOT in the UK will do
just as nicely.

Although saying that maybe he or she still has to present their MOT at the ITV centre to get it validated
in some way ( maybe ? ) in Spanish ?? upon their return.
Of course there's one big fly in the ointment using the British MOT example and that is the UK is
supposed to leave the EU by the end of October, except for the period before the UK finally leaves
the EU, if it happens or BoJo fumbles Brexit.

Which reminds - here's another fine mess Brexit has got us into - so yet another eg letter for your
British MP of how Brexit is doing British Expats a disservice.
No, sadly not, I think my post was misleading. That is not the coverage that the new law gives.

Previously, if you were to import a vehicle into Spain from another EU country, you would have had to pass the ITV before registering it, but under the new law, the SPanish authorities will recognise a valid EU equivalent of the ITV so that you don't have to pass the ITV in SPain at the time of registration.

It doesn't mean that you can then get an "ITV" anywhere in Europe from there on. It's just the first one.
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We owned a repairing garage and MOT testing station in the UK.

MOT certificates can only be issued by a recognised UK Testing Station.They have obviously been fraudulently used ...this can be done by exporting the printed cerficates and the UK testing station filling in the details and recording them with the relevant UK authority.
It’s illegal and enforces the impression that the motor trade is composed of dodgy geezers.
More examples of what an aquaintance referred to as ‘Britscum in Spain’.
I thought that was a bit harsh but I’m beginning to agree.
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