Three million vehicles taken off road as 1 in 3 cars fails new MOT rules

New MOT regulations in May 2018
The new measures are part of the EU Roadworthiness Package that was being introduced in May 2018.
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One in three cars fails new MOT rules

Top 10 reasons for MOT failure (by percentage)
Lamps, reflectors, and electrical equipment
18.3%
Suspension
14.9%
Brakes
8.8%
Tyres:
6.8%
Visibility
6.1%
Body, chassis, structure
4.7%
Noise, emissions, leaks:
3.9%
Steering
2.2%
Seat belts
1.5%
Identification of the vehicle:
0.5%
Other
32.3%

Three million vehicles taken off road as 1 in 3 cars fails the new MOT rules
A news item on the PetrolPrices.com website reports that following the introduction of stricter MOT rules that came into force
on 20th of May 2018, data from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) show that, in the first year of the new MOT’s existence, over a third of 31 million vehicles (cars, vans, and motorcycles) undergoing the more thorough MOT test over the following twelve months failed. Almost three million of these (9.6%) had ‘dangerous’ defects that resulted in repairs and a retest—or removal from the road. PetrolPrices.com reports the the most common reasons for the MOT failures.

Top 10 reasons for MOT failure (by percentage)
The DVSA shared the 10 most common reasons class 3 & 4 cars and vans failed MOTs between the 20th May 2018 and 19th May 2019. See table alongside.


Since May 2018, the MOT includes looking for signs of obvious tyre underinflation, brake fluid contamination, fluid leaks posing an environmental risk, missing brake pads or discs, and checking your brake pad warning lights.

The test also now looks at reversing lights on vehicles first used from the 1st of September 2009, headlight washers on vehicles first used from the 1st of September 2009 (if fitted with them), and daytime running lights on vehicles first used from the 1st of March 2018 (most of the latter will have their first MOT in 2021 when they’re three years old).

Article published by Lisa Board, PetrolPrices.com (Oct 2, 2019) More