The number of nominated and authorised MOT testers disqualified from carrying out annual checks has risen sharply in recent years,new DVSA figures show. Following appeals, a total of 178 nominated testers were stuck off during the 2017/2018 period. Compared to the figures from 2015/16, this is a rise of 82%. In addition, during the 2017/18 financial year, 41% more authorised examiners had their status withdrawn. Testers can be warned or banned for issuing fraudulent certificates, as well as improper or careless testing. The figures also reveal that 361 nominated testers were issued with warnings, while the DVSA refused the application of eight testers following appeals. While the number of disqualifications have risen, during the same time period the number of ...
A leading consumer website is calling on Government to modernise the MOT rules after official data revealed that one in four vans on the UK’s roads fail their first check. Honest John Vans analysed millions of MOT records and found that just 75% of vans pass their first Ministry of Transport test at three years, with lighting, brakes and tyres the most common causes for failure. MOT data from the DVSA for 2017 shows that a quarter of a million vans had their first test, with 61,000 failing due to potentially dangerous defects. The three-year MOT exemption for the first test for cars and vans was introduced in 1967, but Government data shows that a rethink is needed because light commercial vehicles have a consistently lower pass rate compared to that of cars. O
New data has revealed a north-south divide when it comes to the MOT fail rate since stricter rules were implemented in May last year. In the seven months following the introduction of the new MOT procedure, failures reached up to 25% in several key areas of the Midlands and the North of England, according to figures released by Protyre. Revealing a North-South divide, five of the top six areas for MOT failures are in the Midlands or the North of England – while five of the top six areas for MOT passes are in the South of England. This is in stark contrast to 2017, when the North overall had the lowest MOT fail rate in England and Wales. It found a 12% average MOT fail rate across all regions of England and Wales in this same period (June to December 2018). Protyre
As many as one third of the UK’s MoT failures could be avoided if drivers made the simplest and most basic checks to their car, according to Government figures obtained by consumer champion HonestJohn.co.uk. The motoring website analysed millions of MoT records from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and found that, out of the 7.3 million MoT failures that were recorded in 2017, 2.5 million could have been avoided* if drivers had checked their lights, brakes, tyres, suspension and windscreen before the test. The number one cause of MoT failure in the UK is incorrect headlamp aim, with 976,569 failures. In second place is poor brake performance (921,534 failures) while broken registration plate lamps account for 912,246 failures. Faulty side lights and insufficie
The DVSA is looking to work with the Department for Transport (DfT) in order to align the MOT with recall data in an effort to improve road safety. The process would lead to a further ‘toughening up’ of MOT rules and would allow testers to check whether a vehicle has been through an important safety recall, should one have been issued, before issuing a certificate. Vehicle manufacturers regularly issue safety recalls for their cars, and while it is illegal for dealers to sell anything with outstanding work required, there is no legal requirement for owners to get dangerous faults fixed. The DVSA launched an online checking tool in February last year, yet estimates that one in 13 cars in the UK is subject to an outstanding recall. The two departments are n
MOT failures are costing British drivers hundreds of pounds to fix – and get their cars back on the road. Motorists in the UK say they pay an average of £272 to correct faults that have been discovered on their cars during an MOT. With the price of an MOT capped at £54.85, this means motorists whose cars fail the first time round are hit in the pocket for an extra £326.85 A survey for the Good Garage Scheme - www.goodgaragescheme.com- shows British drivers are clueless when it comes to making sure their cars are roadworthy. Government figures show 30% of all MOT fails relate to lightbulbs, 10% relate to tyres and 8.5% relate to the driver’s view of the road, including issues with mirrors, wipers and washers. But over a quarter (27%) of drivers have no idea how to test th
Car MOT failure rates have fallen (rather than risen) since new, more stringent MOT rules came into force on 20th May 2018. This unexpected finding was revealed on analysis of DVLA data obtained by car buying comparison website Motorway.co.uk, through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. The request, submitted to the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in October 2018, asked for the total number of MOT tests, fail and pass rates, every month since January 2017. The data was obtained to see if tougher rules had increased failure rates, but actually revealed the opposite. Across June, July and August 2018 – the months following the shake-up in MOT rules - the average failure rate was 34.1%, compared to 34.5% between January 2017 and April 2018 (preceding the changes).
A new report by a UK think tank suggests that the MOT should be scrapped, as it is outdated and not relevant to today’s safer vehicles. The Adam Smith Institute believes that the opportunity to reform the test has been missed, and therefore drivers should not be subject to the cost of ensuring their vehicle is safe every 12 months. It is calling on the UK Government to consider scrapping the procedure. “As vehicle technology increases, annual safety inspections are rendered more and more useless,” states the report. “While the MOT has remained essentially unchanged for half a century, improvements in vehicle safety technology mean traffic fatalities have dropped to just 57% of what they were a decade ago.” Additionally, the report states that mechanical failure accounts for ju
Vehicle ownership and maintenance portal MotorEasy believes that new MOT rules could allow some unscrupulous garages to ‘hold drivers to ransom’. Under the new Driver and Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA) rules, faults found during an MOT are classified as either dangerous, major or minor, with official guidance suggesting that major faults should be repaired immediately and that cars with dangerous faults should not be driven at all until the problem has been fixed. This could mean that some motorists who don’t fully understand their rights may feel trapped into getting repairs done at the workshop where the MOT was carried out, with this also used as leverage by garages to charge over the odds. Garages have no power to stop motorists from driving their car away, regardless of
Absolute Alignment, suppliers of OEM-approved Bluetooth and 3D wheel alignment equipment, champions Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) best practice – recommending that four-wheel alignment checks should now be part of the standard MOT for any ADAS-equipped vehicle. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems have been around for some time now – including lane change warnings, adaptive cruise control, autonomous braking and brake control. ADAS sensors rely on correct rear thrust angle, hence four-wheel alignment is now an even more important factor in road safety as a millimetric misalignment can result in ADAS errors. The public impression has traditionally been ‘the steering took a knock so the tracking should be checked’ but with ADAS it goes deeper than that. If any part of a vehicle