Half of MOT fails could be avoided

DVSA is encouraging motorists to avoid MOT fails by carrying out simple vehicle checks.

The latest MOT testing data for Great Britain shows that around 40% of cars fail their MOT at the first attempt.

Common MOT fails

You can avoid common MOT fails by checking:

  • lightbulbs are working - 30% of all faults related to lighting and signalling
  • tyre condition and pressure - 10% of all faults related to tyres
  • mirrors, wipers and washers - 8.5% of all faults related to ‘Driver’s view of the road’


Read more advice on how to avoid an MOT fail on GOV.UK