Had Elly's bike tested today and succeeded in obtaining one of the\nvery latest printed-out VT20 pass certificates. They look, feel and\ngenerally are /awful/ compared to the rather nicely traditional\nprevious iteration. No pressed-in stamp, no watermarking, no\nphotocopy-proof banknote-type fine, munticoloured lines or nuffink.\n\nSociety takes another step backwards, I reckon - but of course it is\ncomputer-generated (well, the printing is) and will therefore be on\nrecord with VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) by now. This\nmeans that Plod can check instantly of course, so no need for HORT1\nproducers any more, eh?\n\nI also tripped over a site the other day that yer ornery punter can\ncheck MOT status for specific vehicles, so it may even become a useful\ntool, I suppose.\n[URL="http://www.motinfo.gov.uk"]www.motinfo.gov.uk[/URL] if you're interested.\n\n\nWhat strikes me as less than useful is the equally computer-generated\nVT32 Advisory Note sheet. Just one entry:\n\n" offside front lower Brake Component worn but not seriously reduced\nin strength [3.2.A1] "\n\nThe tester had left the building by the time we collected the bike,\nand nobody had any idea what this actually meant. The computer gives\na limited number of options apparently, and the closest one should be\nselected.\n\nIt turned out to mean that the brake pads will need changing sometime\nbefore the next test. I knew that. Bah.