‘Problem area’ for car MOT failures in Scotland

Scotland has an MOT fail epidemic

An investigation into where most MOT failures occur in the UK reveals a problem area in Scotland.

Four towns within a hundred miles of each other in northern Scotland all come in the top 10 places cars are most likely to fail an MOT. More than one in three motorists faces an MOT fail in Perth, Aberdeen, Dundee and Kirkcaldy.

The latter two towns have a particularly poor track record, with nearly four in 10 cars failing. Respective MOT fail-rates are 33.03 percent for Perth, 34.30 percent for Aberdeen, 39.40 percent for Dundee and 39.45 percent for Kirkcaldy.

The figures come from Department for Transport (DfT) data, as collated by CarTakeBack. 

The worst places for MOT failure

Scotland has an MOT fail epidemic

  • 1. Kirkcaldy – 39.45%
  • 2. Dundee – 39.40%
  • 3. Truro – 35.56%
  • 4. Plymouth – 35.36%
  • 5. Aberdeen – 34.30%
  • 6. Exeter – 33.60%
  • 7. Torquay – 33.52%
  • 8. Hull – 33.35%
  • 9. Perth – 33.03%

What causes the most MOT fails?

The most likely cause of MOT failures is lighting, reflectors and electrical equipment (12.8 percent). Make sure all your lights on the outside are working, and that your reflectors are where they need to be. Also, be sure there are no warning lights on your dashboard.

Scotland has an MOT fail epidemic

The next reason for failing is suspension (9.1 percent) followed by brakes (7.5 percent) and then tyres (5.8 percent).

Visibility is next (5.2 percent), and is an easy one to sort. Make sure your wipers are clearing your windscreen properly, and there are no chips. This comes from DVSA data on failures between May 2018 and March 2019.

Top 10 reasons for MOT failures in the past year

  • Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment – 12.8%
  • Suspension – 9.1%
  • Brakes – 7.5%
  • Tyres – 5.8%
  • Visibility – 5.2%
  • Body, chassis, structure – 4%
  • Noise, emissions and leaks – 3.3%
  • Steering – 1.9%
  • Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems – 1.3%
  • Identification of the vehicle – 0.4%
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