100,000+ MOTs failed due to tyres in 2016

1 in 6 cars fail first MOT test, says Honest John

The Daily Telegraph Motoring column, Honest John, has recently produced an article detailing the cars with the greatest MOT failure rates in the UK, along with the regions with vehicles most likely to fail the test.

Analysis of more than 400m MOT records from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) by consumer website HonestJohn.co.uk shows that one in six cars fails its first test, with brakes, lighting and tyres among the most-common reasons.

The records were made public following a Freedom of Information request.

Worst MOT test performers for their first MOT in 2016 according to their pass rate are: the outgoing generation of the Peugeot 5008 (67 per cent pass rate), Citroen DS4 (73 per cent pass), Renault Megane (74 per cent pass rate), Ford Galaxy (75 per cent pass rate) and Chevrolet Spark (76 per cent pass rate).

By contrast, cars performing best at passing their first MOT are the Lexus RX 450h (94 per cent pass rate), Honda Jazz (93 per cent pass rate), Mazda MX-5 (93 per cent pass rate), Volkswagen Golf Plus (92 per cent pass rate) and Audi Q5 (92 per cent pass rate).

Worst performing car manufacturers were Chevrolet (78 per cent pass rate) Citroen (79 per cent pass rate) and Dacia (81 per cent pass rate), while top spots were held by Honda, Porsche and Subaru, all with 91 per cent pass rates.

Geographically, Romford in Essex, has the highest MOT pass rate in the UK with London and the Home Counties generally faring best.

Kirkcaldy in Fife has the lowest UK MOT pass rate with Devon and Cornwall also doing badly.

Commenting on its own findings the report said: ‘One in six cars were refused a roadworthiness certificate during the first MOT, with most failing due to unsafe brakes, lights and tyres.’

It added: “The Essex town of Romford has the best MOT pass rate in the UK, while all of the towns and cities in the top 10 were located in the South-East.”

The top five causes of failure during a car’s first MOT at three years were:

  1. Lighting -169,000 failures
  2. Tyres – 101,000 failures
  3. Driver’s view of the road – 98,000 failures
  4. Brakes – 60,000 failures
  5. Suspension – 27,000 failures

The two areas with the greatest failure rate (Kirkcaldy and Dundee) were in Scotland, while failure rates were also high in the South-West, with six towns and cities in the region in the bottom 10.

Full details of Honest John’s research can be found at HonestJohn.co.uk/MOT.

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