The Motor Vehicle (Tests)(Amendment) Regulations 2009 (SI: 2009/643) raises the fee for the MOT. It enter force in England and Wales (not Northern Ireland) on 6 April 2009. Certain provisions relating to trailers under Regulation 2(3) and 5 come into force later on 26 April 2009. A more readily digestible explanatory note is at the bottom of the regulations. The Department of Transportâs Explanatory memorandum to SI: 2009/643 which accompanied the Regulations when they were laid before Parliament is also shown. There is, as there usually is, a degree of legislative idiocracy at Dot which manifests itself at para 7.3 of the memorandum: "7.3 The need to strengthen the check on registration plates in the MOT test in response to police and DVLA concerns that some motorists are evading ANPR and traffic enforcement camera detection by having non compliant plates on their vehicles. The proposal is to introduce additional registration plate checks at the MOTbtest because all vehicles will need an annual test once they have been registered for three years. The proposed additional checks will detect registration plates that have non compliances such as overprinted background effects, unacceptable flags and symbols or have the wrong colours or non reflective borders." Which, of course, informs those at whom the above is aimed to ensure that they re-affix their non-complient plates as soon as the car is returned from the testing testing station! Doh!