Most common causes of MOT failure revealed

By Charlotte Whyatt - Wed 27th Feb 2019
Most common causes of MOT failure revealed

A new analysis of data from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has revealed the most common causes of MOT failure in the UK.

Honest John discovered that out of the 7.3 million seen in 2017, incorrect headlamp aim was found to be behind the highest percentage of them with 976, 569 failures recorded 

Poor brake performance came second with 921,534 failures noted, followed by broken registration plate lamps which were responsible for 912, 246 failures.

Faulty side lights and insufficient tyre tread depth rounded out the top five causes while thousands more vehicles failed due to worn out windscreen wipers and missing screen wash.

These findings were published in Honest John’s annual MOT files which found that over 2.5 million of these MOT failures could be prevented if drivers checked the above components first.

It also highlighted the Scottish town of Kirkcaldy as being the place in the UK with the lowest MOT pass rate, with just 55% of the region’s 135,000 cars succeeding first time.

The Scottish city of Dundee also ranked poorly along with Plymouth, Hull, Exeter and Torquay.

Enfield in London came top with 73.5% of cars passing first time. Bromley, Ilford, Romford and Croydon also did very well.

Source: Honest John