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Most common reasons for MOT failures

Department for Tranport statistics

Transport Statistics Great Britain

Road vehicle testing scheme (MOT)


1. MOT computerised figures are available from 2005/06 but computerisation was only phased in at the vehicle testing stations during that year.
This results in the shortfall in volumes for 2005/06 in comparison to later years. Full records are available from 2006/07, and up to 2004/05 a 2% Sample Survey was used. Figures prior to 2006/07 are either incomplete or estimated and should be treated with caution.

2. Pass after Rectification at the Station (PRS). This indicates that a vehicle initially failed its test. It was then repaired within one hour of the test, re-tested and passed.

3. Initial Failure Rate = (PRS + Failures) / Total Tests

4. Final Failure Rate = Failures / Total Tests

All vehicles:
  2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13
Tested 23,768,900 23,793,000 22,160,000 24,022,000 25,864,200 26,379,900 27,070,600 27,609,100 28,278,300 28,516,200 28,473,900
PRS2         1,941,600 2,362,800 2,620,400 2,622,300 2,651,600 2,717,800 2,721,000
Failed 7,330,400 6,934,200 6,332,400 7,883,800 7,214,700 7,665,000 8,038,100 8,444,100 8,460,400 8,575,700 8,398,800
Initial Failure Rate3 30.8% 29.1% 28.6% 32.8% 35.4% 38.0% 39.4% 40.1% 39.3% 39.6% 39.1%
Final Failure Rate4         27.9% 29.1% 29.7% 30.6% 29.9% 30.1% 29.5%

Breakdown of statistics for each category

Motorcycles

Cars and other passenger vehicles (up to 12 seats)

Private passenger vehicles (more than 12 seats)

Goods vehicles (between 3,000 and 3,500 kg gross weight)



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