An offensive MOT advisory notice for a 2004 Smart has been labeled “totally unacceptable” by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

Forget the failure notice for the diesel particulate filter, this MOT advisory requires an impurity filter.

An item on the car’s MOT history has been dubbed “the most aggressive MOT advisory ever” after being shared widely on social media.

The MOT advisory — which is not safe for work — was recorded by a MOT tester at an independent garage, and a crude word was said to the owner of the Smart.

To ease the misery for the owner, Smart had his MOT fail because the registration plate lamp was not working.

DVSA is examining the MOT advisory notice

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DVSA’s Head of Vehicle Engineering, Neil Barlow, told Motoring Research: “DVSA’s priority is to help everyone keep their vehicle safe to drive.

“The comment posted on the Mot History service is completely unacceptable and how it has now been removed. We are investigating this further.

“Since 2017, a profanity filter has been in place to prevent MOT testers from being able to include these words in a certificate.”

Last month, the DVSA published a new guide setting out 15 key points to ensure MOT testers take each test to the highest possible standard. There are penalties for failing to meet the required standards, and DVSA can ban garages from running a MOT center for up to five years in the most severe cases.

MOT testing stations are required to conduct at least one MOT test from each tester every two months and check whether new employees are qualified to meet the standards. All MOT examiners must complete their annual training and evaluation program by the end of March every year.

A total of 31 million MOT tests were recorded on the DVSA database in 2018, each free of abusive and offensive remarks. That said, we suspect that responses to many MOT failure notices were greeted with phrases that are not necessarily good for delicate eyes and ears.

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Gavin Braithwaite-Smith

An interesting writer for #FrenchTat. Owns 15 vehicles of varying degrees of horror. Also doing a popular impression of cousin Eddie in an Italian-German beige motorhome. Doesn’t come out much.

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