The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy had it about right when the cover of that mythical publication featured two words: ‘Don’t panic’.

I reckon your MOT test certificate should have something similar at the top of the page, and any mention of the MOT test should be routinely prefaced by those reassuring words.

As usual, the MOT test is in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Just recently, I have been coming over all very Alan Partridge by appearing on local radio and sort of telling it like it is.

Apparently, if you believed some news reports, some from the motoring media, the MOT system is in total meltdown. That has meant that cars are not being tested and motorists are being turned away, driving off into the wilderness with a potentially unroadworthy car.

The truth is that the MOT system is now a cloud-based entity. It exists in a virtual time and space, like much of our lives these days.

The thing is that garage owners and MOT testers are mostly practical blokes who just go reassuringly analogue if there is a digital crisis. So if the system crashes, they simply issue a paper certificate. When the system is back online, they can then update the records. According to my local garage, the situation can be summed up as: ‘Don’t panic’.