M61 driver with 12 months out of date MOT reveals to police that he is an MOT tester himself

A Vauxhall Astra was pulled over on the M61 with an MOT 12-months out of date, but what truly shocked police was the fact that the driver was an MOT tester himself.

Tuesday, 9th June 2020, 9:09 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th June 2020, 10:18 am

The driver was stopped on the M61 on Saturday (June 6) after an automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) camera spotted the car between Chorley and Rivington Services.

Following a cross-check with the national database it was confirmed that the Astra's MOT had expired more than 12 months ago on May 28, 2019.

When asked his occupation, the driver awkwardly admitted to officers that he was in fact an MOT tester himself.

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"You couldn't make it up," tweeted Lancashire Road Police.

From March 30, the Government has handed a 6-month grace period to motorists whose vehicles are due an MOT, but this would still leave the Vauxhall Astra with an MOT already 10 months out of date.

Motorists can be fined a maximum of £1,000 if they are caught driving with no MOT.

Traffic officers stopped the Vauxhall Astra on the M61 near Chorley on Saturday (June 6). Pic: Richard Ponter