Four-year MoT exemption will put lives at risk, according to new figures from Government
Controversial planned changes to the MoT test will increase the number of unsafe vehicles on Britain's roads, according to new research from HonestJohn.co.uk.
The Government's plans to extend the annual roadworthiness test from three to four years – which is currently undergoing a consultation period - could mean 385,000 vehicles that would have failed their first MoT will slip through the net and remain on the road unrepaired.
HonestJohn.co.uk analysed millions of MoT records from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and found that one in six cars were refused their first MoT, with most failing due to unsafe brakes, lights and tyres.
The revelation comes as HonestJohn.co.uk published the MoT Files for the first time in three years, following a Freedom of Information (FoI) request and protracted fight with the DVSA to make the data public. Success in this long-running battle means that for the first time in years owners and prospective buyers once again have detailed access to the latest MoT records and reasons for failure. It has been published in full here.
Broken down by model, the detailed data reveals that the worst performing car for the first MoT was the Peugeot 5008, with only 67 per cent of cars registered in 2013 passing in 2016. The Citroen DS4 was second (73 per cent) while the Renault Megane and Ford Galaxy were third and fourth, with a respective 74 and 75 per cent pass rates. The Chevrolet Spark completes the list with a pass rate of 76 per cent
The worst car manufacturers for the first MoT in 2016 were Chevrolet, Citroen and Dacia, with respective pass rates of 78, 79 and 81 per cent. Honda, Porsche and Subaru all hold a collective first place, with the trio showing a first year average pass rate of 91 per cent.
The car with the highest pass rate during the first MoT in 2016 was the Lexus RX 450h with an impressive score of 94 per cent. The Honda Jazz was second (93 per cent), followed by the Mazda MX-5 (93 per cent), Volkswagen Golf Plus (92 per cent) and the Audi Q5 (92 per cent).