On average, 30.6% of cars will fail their MoT test in Birmingham, which puts the region below the national average of 35.0%. The most common failure causes are Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment, Suspension and Brakes, while 2.9% will fail on exhaust, fuel and emissions.

Cars registered in 2001 have the worst overall MoT pass rate, at 58.5%. The manufacturers with the highest fail rate in this region are Renault, Daewoo and LTI. At the opposite end of the scale with the best pass rates are Lotus, Bentley and Aston Martin.

Most common reasons for MoT failure

Test Item Failure Rate National Failure Rate Relative Rate
Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment 15.7% 16.7% −6%
Suspension 9.5% 12.1% −21%
Brakes 6.8% 9.0% −25%
Tyres 6.3% 7.2% −12%
Driver's view of the road 5.5% 6.2% −11%
Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions 2.9% 3.6% −20%
Steering 1.8% 2.3% −23%
Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems 1.3% 1.6% −23%
Body, Structure and General Items 1.1% 1.1% −5%

MoT failure rates by year of registration

Year of Registration Tests Failure Rate National Failure Rate Relative Rate
2017 212 3.3% 3.6% −9%
2016 509 5.7% 11.6% −51%
2015 2,730 13.2% 13.2% −0%
2014 53,384 14.9% 14.3% +4%
2013 47,132 16.9% 16.9% −0%
2012 42,421 20.1% 20.9% −4%
2011 39,596 23.4% 24.6% −5%
2010 42,263 26.7% 29.2% −9%
2009 43,285 30.3% 32.8% −8%
2008 47,746 32.6% 37.0% −12%
2007 53,778 34.9% 39.6% −12%
2006 50,614 36.0% 42.2% −15%
2005 47,480 37.7% 45.0% −16%
2004 43,334 39.9% 47.4% −16%
2003 35,097 40.5% 48.6% −17%
2002 27,849 41.0% 49.6% −17%
2001 18,889 41.5% 49.6% −16%
2000 11,283 41.4% 49.2% −16%
1999 7,247 40.8% 48.8% −16%
1998 4,488 39.3% 46.8% −16%
1997 3,038 39.2% 45.5% −14%
1996 1,944 36.2% 44.2% −18%
1995 1,379 34.4% 42.3% −19%
1994 1,035 34.1% 41.0% −17%
1993 819 31.5% 40.5% −22%
1992 663 33.3% 39.1% −15%
1991 678 32.3% 38.9% −17%
1990 688 28.9% 37.1% −22%
1989 585 30.3% 35.2% −14%
1988 345 30.4% 35.0% −13%
1987 271 31.0% 34.4% −10%
1986 248 25.4% 34.0% −25%
1985 187 30.5% 33.9% −10%
1984 162 22.8% 32.7% −30%
1983 131 25.2% 32.7% −23%
1982 93 29.0% 32.6% −11%
1981 100 24.0% 32.6% −26%
1980 145 25.5% 29.2% −13%
1979 165 27.9% 28.7% −3%
1978 123 29.3% 29.0% +1%
1977 91 20.9% 28.8% −28%
1976 97 17.5% 29.3% −40%
1975 122 23.8% 27.5% −14%
1974 70 22.9% 25.0% −8%
1973 128 27.3% 25.8% +6%
1972 108 13.0% 24.3% −47%
1971 586 22.5% 24.9% −9%
1970 192 20.3% 23.8% −15%
1969 162 27.2% 24.8% +9%
1968 170 18.8% 23.4% −19%
1967 134 20.1% 23.4% −14%
1966 114 21.1% 22.4% −6%
1965 121 17.4% 21.6% −20%
1964 83 16.9% 20.7% −19%
1963 71 18.3% 20.2% −9%
1961 56 7.1% 19.8% −64%
1960 51 21.6% 19.5% +11%

MoT failure rates by make

Make Tests Failure Rate National Failure Rate Relative Rate
Aston Martin 151 9.3% 14.2% −35%
Bentley 572 11.0% 13.2% −17%
Lotus 304 11.5% 20.4% −43%
Rolls-Royce 174 13.8% 15.0% −8%
MINI 3,261 14.1% 29.3% −52%
Porsche 2,842 15.8% 19.3% −18%
Ferrari 288 16.0% 11.4% +40%
TVR 121 16.5% 19.3% −14%
DS 107 16.8% 29.2% −42%
Maserati 167 18.0% 19.3% −7%
Abarth 114 19.3% 25.3% −24%
Dacia 550 19.8% 20.3% −2%
Lexus 2,985 21.5% 23.4% −8%
Perodua 111 21.6% 30.4% −29%
Audi 32,930 21.8% 25.5% −15%
BMW 32,076 22.6% 26.9% −16%
Triumph 408 22.8% 29.9% −24%
Skoda 11,593 25.4% 28.3% −10%
Subaru 1,190 25.8% 32.8% −21%
Hyundai 16,689 26.0% 29.4% −12%
Land Rover 12,915 26.2% 31.0% −15%
Kia 9,224 27.0% 30.7% −12%
Toyota 38,651 27.6% 30.1% −8%
Honda 25,079 28.1% 31.1% −10%
Mercedes-Benz 24,276 28.3% 30.4% −7%
Jeep 710 28.5% 36.0% −21%
Mazda 10,700 28.8% 32.2% −11%
Volkswagen 61,317 29.2% 33.1% −12%
SEAT 11,228 29.3% 32.6% −10%
Jaguar 7,243 29.8% 31.3% −5%
Isuzu 337 30.0% 43.9% −32%
Mitsubishi 5,070 30.0% 36.4% −17%
Nissan 28,929 30.4% 33.3% −9%
smart 418 32.1% 30.4% +6%
FIAT 16,527 32.1% 36.8% −13%
Alfa Romeo 2,181 32.2% 36.8% −12%
Suzuki 4,988 32.4% 32.4% −0%
MG 2,746 32.5% 41.7% −22%
Volvo 9,250 32.6% 35.1% −7%
Ford 119,641 33.2% 35.2% −6%
Daihatsu 630 33.5% 36.1% −7%
Vauxhall 86,535 35.1% 39.0% −10%
Chrysler 1,251 35.5% 41.8% −15%
Peugeot 41,798 36.1% 40.4% −10%
Chevrolet 3,503 36.4% 40.5% −10%
SAAB 2,957 36.5% 40.6% −10%
SsangYong 141 36.9% 40.4% −9%
Dodge 360 37.2% 42.4% −12%
Citroen 27,747 37.3% 40.6% −8%
Proton 316 38.6% 45.0% −14%
Talbot 164 39.0% 46.8% −17%
Rover 4,899 39.2% 47.0% −17%
Renault 29,274 41.7% 47.4% −12%
Daewoo 627 45.0% 55.6% −19%
LTI 554 46.4% 37.1% +25%
 

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