MOT misery – Britain’s failure hotspots and top causes of refusal revealed

MOT misery – Britain’s failure hotspots and top causes of refusal revealed
MOT misery – Britain’s failure hotspots and top causes of refusal revealed

Drivers in Scotland face an uphill struggle to get their car through its MOT while those in England’s south east are most likely to see their vehicle breeze through the test, according to new figures.

Analysis of the latest data from the Department for Transport (DfT) has revealed that four of the 10 towns with the lowest pass rates are north of the border while all 10 of the highest pass rates can be found in or around London.

Falling short

The DfT data shows that Kirkcaldy has the highest MOT failure rates around Britain, with 39.45 per cent of all tests resulting in a refusal. Nearby Dundee has a near-identical failure rate of 39.4 per cent, some way ahead of Truro in Somerset, where 35.56 per cent of vehicles fail the test.

In fact, England’s south-west accounts for four more of the 10 worst-performing towns, with Plymouth, Exeter and Torquay joining Aberdeen, Hull and Perth in the list of shame.

Read more: How to check your car’s MOT status and history

MOT fail map

The analysis by car recycler CarTakeBack found that greater London dominated the areas where vehicles were most likely to be given a clean bill of health. Only 15.6 per cent of tests resulted in a failure in Enfield – the lowest in the country. South East London saw a similar 15.88 per cent fail, with Romford at 16.24 per cent.

Ten lowest failure rates by area

  1. Enfield 15.60%
  2. South East London 15.88%
  3. Romford 16.24%
  4. Ilford 16.41%
  5. East London 16.65%
  6. North London 17.98%
  7. Bromley 18.20%
  8. Croydon 18.36%
  9. Luton 18.71%
  10. Dartford 18.74%

The national average failure rate is 34 per cent.

Lighting letdown

CarTakeBack also looked at DVSA data to find the most common causes for MOT refusals.

Problems with lights remained the most frequent reason for a failure, accounting for 12.8 per cent of all refusals, with suspension problems (9.1 per cent) and brakes (7.5 per cent) completing the top three.

Lighting problems were the most common cause of MOT failure. (Picture: Shutterstock)

Read more: New MOT certificate service could save drivers £6 million a year

While brakes and suspension are harder to check on your driveway, problems with lights are among the simple things you can check before putting your vehicle in for its annual roadworthiness test.

For other ways to save you the pain of refusal see our tips on simple pre-MOT checks that could save you time and money.

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