MOT failure hotspots and common faults

The Scottish coastal town, Kirkcaldy was found to have the lowest MOT pass rate, with only 55% of the regions 135,000 registered vehicles passing the MOT test. The data was comprised from Government data analysis by the consumer champion

Following behind in the lowest pass rating regions are Plymouth, Dundee, Truro, Exeter, Torquay and Hull, all with under 60% passing first time.

The South East of the UK on average have the best record in the UK. The London Borough of Enfield was found to be the region with the highest pass rate of 73.5%. With other regions such as Bromley, Ilford, Romford, and Croydon also performing well.

Reasons for regional variations may include higher average mileage in rural areas, and those with traditionally lower incomes.

<h2>Common faults</h2>

Data also shows the most common reason for an MOT failure relates to defects with vehicle lighting, brakes, tyres and suspension. But what many people don’t realise is that they can check MOT history for free and identify future problems when buying a used car.

1/3 of the UKs MOT failures can be avoided if drivers made the simplest checks to their car.

From the 7.3 million MOT failures that were recorded in 2017, 2.5 million could have been avoided.

976,569 failures were recorded due to an incorrect headlamp aim, making it the leading reason for an MOT failure.

The second most common reason for an MOT failure is poor brake performance, with 921,534 failures.

Other common faults include broken registration plate lamps, faulty side lights, insufficient tyre tread, all the way to missing windscreen washer fluid.

Daniel Powell, Managing Editor of said: “The MOT Files shows that the majority of failure items are down to the owner, rather than an inherent fault with the car. Drivers can now use this information to ensure their car is not failing on something that can be easily and cheaply fixed beforehand.”


MOT Test – Electric Vehicles

Many drivers have expressed their preference for the electric vehicles since they were introduced into the UK. However, there has been a lingering debate whether the electric cars need to undergo the Ministry of Transport (MOT) Test. These tests are mandatory in accordance with the UK laws. MOT tests are done to determine the safety of vehicles and level of emissions. Some people believe that it is not necessary to test these cars because they do not produce such emissions.
This assumption is however not correct. The MOT tests go far beyond checking for emissions. These tests apply to all vehicle owners, and we are yet to determine any exemptions. To clarify this point, we have identified some common MOT tests that electric cars older than three years must also undergo.

Inspecting the car lights

It is important to ascertain the functionality of car lights on electric cars. These checks fall under the MOT tests. All car lights must be functioning properly to pass the MOT test.

Assessing the brake system

Electric cars also have brake systems that can become compromised due to poor maintenance. These inspections also fall under the MOT tests. The brake systems need to be comprehensively checked to ensure the driver and occupants are safe while being transported in the car.

Testing functional car parts

Other functional car parts such as the windscreen wipers, seatbelts also need to be checked. The windscreen on electric cars can also become cracked during use. The certified mechanic may not give the electric car a pass if there are cracks on the windscreen due to the potential danger. It is an indication of how important MOT tests are for electric cars.

Inspections to detect corrosion

The parts under cars are prone to corrosion. This can happen over time, and electric cars older than three years also need to be checked for signs of this defect.

Inspecting the wheels and suspension

It is also important to ensure the wheels and suspension in electric cars are working perfectly. How else can these protective checks be done if not through the mandatory MOT tests? Similar to other cars, these mechanical tests can detect faults that must be quickly fixed to prevent serious car problems.

In conclusion, all vehicles including the electric cars that fall within the identified age range (three years in the case of electric cars) should be presented at the nearest MOT test centres. However, MOT tests for electric cars are a much easier process because there is no need to carry out emissions tests.