MOT failures soar to 10 Million
The updated MOT Test caused a third of vehicles to fail
A year after changes were introduced to get the most polluting vehicles off the road, test failures rose by 37%
In the year to May 2018, nearly 10 million of the 30 million vehicles that underwent the test failed. This is notable rise from 7.3million in the previous year.
A quarter of failures where from ‘dangerous’ defects. Vehicles with dangerous defects need to be rectified before they can be allowed back onto the road. The fine for operating a non-road legal vehicle on the road is £2500
Forty-four percent of failures were major faults.
The UK region with the highest failure rate was the South West (38%).
The Regions with the Highest and Lowest MOT Test Failure Rates
| Highest Failure Rates
|Region||Fails (per cent)|
|Lowest Failures Rates
|Region||Passes (per cent)|
|East of England||69%|
New checks as part of the MOT from May 2018
A vehicle will get a major fault if the MOT tester:
- can see smoke of any colour coming from the exhaust
- finds evidence that the DPF has been tampered with
Other new checks include:
- if tyres are obviously underinflated
- if the brake fluid has been contaminated
- for fluid leaks posing an environmental risk
- brake pad warning lights and if brake pads or discs are missing
- reversing lights on vehicles first used from 1 September 2009
- headlight washers on vehicles first used from 1 September 2009 (if they have them)
- daytime running lights on vehicles first used from 1 March 2018 (most of these vehicles will have their first MOT in 2021 when they’re 3 years old)
The data also showed that motorbikes were more likely to pass the updated test than cars, with 83 per cent of motorcycles sailing through their MOT.
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