MoT given to defective car
A CAR which was involved in a road accident which killed its driver had been issued with a MoT certificate two days before but was found to have a number of mechanical defects on it when police examined it.
Before Truro magistrates was the man who issued the certificate, Ian Mitchell Harrison, 63, of Mellanear Close, Hayle.
Alison May, for the prosecution, emphasised to the magistrates that the Crown Prosecution Service did not allege that the defects he missed were the cause of the crash, although the pass should not have been issued.
Harrison pleaded guilty to issuing a MoT certificate for a Jaguar car which was in a defective condition.
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Ms May said there had been a road accident on the Hayle bypass on May 25 involving the Jaguar only, which had rolled and landed upside down, during which the driver had sustained fatal injuries.
The vehicle was examined by a police examiner who found a number of mechanical defects sufficient for it not to have passed a MoT test.
His investigation showed the car had failed a MoT at a garage on May 1, with six defects noted and three advisory concerns, and the defects had been marked with yellow chalk. It was submitted again on May 21 when it failed again. It was taken away for more work and resubmitted on May 23 when Harrison tested it and passed it. The crash occurred two days later.
The pass which had been given had ignored brakes deterioration and defects to the roll bar system and suspension.
The car was found to be generally in a poor condition and needing attention.
Questioned by the police, Harrison had no explanation as to why he had not seen the defects.
He accepted there had been chalk marks on the vehicle which he should have seen.
Harrison told the magistrates he thought he might have missed the chalk marks as his spectacles were light-reacting.
It had been a sunny day and they often took a long time to clear from darkened lenses to normal.
He was fined £300 and £90 costs and surcharge.