One in 10 cars that passed MOT test should have failed

New data from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) MOT Compliance Survey for 2021 and 2022 showed that 10.1 percent of cars passed by MOT testers should have failed. This equates to nearly 1.3 million cars on the road which should have failed and could have a dangerous defect and be unroadworthy.

A further 2.1 percent of failed MOT tests were deemed to be worthy of a pass certificate, with thousands of people potentially being forced off the road temporarily.

This was revealed after a team of DVSA examiners retested a randomly selected sample of 1,732 vehicles to understand whether correct testing standards were being applied.

As part of the MOT Compliance Survey, experts found that 12.2 percent of MOTs were deemed to be wrong.

Almost two-thirds of the vehicles that were retested were found to have at least one defect that the MOT station had missed or incorrectly recorded.

Generally, tyres were identified as being the most common defect, with 734 instances across 1,142 vehicles retested.

This was followed by brakes (660) and issues with the suspension (642), with the three defects all potentially leading to more dangerous conditions on the road.

Steve Huntingford, editor of What Car?, said: “Our investigation highlights the differences between official vehicle roadworthiness standards and those upheld by some in the industry. 

“With safety critical components such as tyres and brakes at the top of the list of defects missed there are potentially serious road safety concerns at play here.

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“It might seem beneficial for owners to have their vehicle inspected by a favourable garage, but the test is there to provide a minimum standard of vehicle safety.”

Of the 1,142 vehicles that were retested because of a disagreement with defects, a shockingly high 51.6 percent had three or more missed or disagreed defects.

This raises serious concerns over the standardisation of testing across garages around the UK and whether changes need to be made to ensure cars are properly checked and assessed.

As a result of the missed defects, 27 garages were issued with disciplinary action, while 164 were sent advisory warning letters.

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A further survey of 961 car owners found that 13 percent of people were aware that a local garage is favourable with passing cars through their MOT.

A DVSA spokesperson said: “Our MOT Compliance Survey is an essential tool helping us make our roads among the safest in Europe.

“The vast majority of MOT testers carry out testing to the highest standards. Our survey targets a random selection of vehicles and is designed to identify any problems with MOT testing so that we can put them right. 

“We are delighted to see that standards have improved since the last report. 

“This underlines the importance of DVSA taking action on the survey results and supporting testers with new digital tools, as well as demonstrating the hard work of MOT testers.”

The Government introduced a new consultation in January to look into the viability of rolling out a number of new rules and help people save money.

The biggest proposal was to change the date at which the first MOT for new light vehicles is required from three to four years.

It was estimated that this would save motorists across Great Britain around £100million a year in additional MOT fees.

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