Dundee Has Highest MOT Failure Rate In The UK

  • Four out of the worst five towns and cities for MOT passes were in the West Country (Truro, Plymouth, Exeter and Bath)
  • Scotland fares worst – seven out of 20 towns and cities with lowest percentage MOT pass rates are north of the border
  • 18 out of 20 towns and cities with the highest MOT pass rates are in the south east of England
Dundee car owners have the highest MOT failure rate in the UK, according to research by Automyze. Automyze analysed more than one million MOT records of UK registered vehicles owned by AA members*, looking at pass and fail rates, and found that more than half of cars in Dundee (53.5%) failed their last MOT - most for preventable faults such as tyres, headlights and indicators. Meanwhile, seven out of 20 towns and cities with the highest MOT failure rates were in Scotland, with almost half of cars in Aberdeen and Perth failing their last MOT. The research also revealed that four out of the five UK towns and cities with the lowest MOT pass rates were in the West Country; with Truro (51.5%), Plymouth (51.3%), Exeter (50.5%) and Bath (49.5%), failing their last statutory roadworthiness check The following table shows the 25 towns and cities in the UK with the highest MOT failure rates (looking at the last MOT).
Town/Cities % vehicles that failed last MOT
Dundee 53.5
Truro 51.5
Plymouth 51.3
Exeter 50.5
Bath  49.5
Aberdeen  49.5
Perth  49.2
Falkirk  48.4
Hull  48.3
Torquay  47.9
Belfast  47.8
Bristol  47.5
Edinburgh  47.4
Cardiff  47.4
Taunton  47.4
Inverness  47.2
Leeds  47.2
Salisbury  46.9
Stoke-on-Trent  46.9
Glasgow  46.5
Halifax 46.4
Bournemouth  46.3
Northampton  46.2
Lincoln   46.2
Huddersfield   46.2
By contrast, the Isle of Man has the highest MOT pass rate in the UK with 71.8% (failures 28.2%) of vehicles passing their last test at the first time. And 18 out of the 20 towns and cities with the lowest MOT failure rates were in the south east of England – London (38.7%) and the commuter belt such as Twickenham, Harrow, Dartford, Sutton, Enfield, Croydon, Kingston and Ilford all doing relatively better than other parts of the UK. The following table shows the 20 towns and cities in the UK with the lowest MOT failure rates (looking at the last MOT).
Town/Cities % vehicles that failed last MOT
Stevenage 39.5
Leicester 39.3
Redhill 39.3
St Albans 39.2
Luton 39.1
London 38.7
Twickenham 38.6
Harrow 38.6
Slough 38.1
Dartford 37.7
Sutton 37.3
Enfield 37.3
Chelmsford 37.2
Croydon 36.5
Southend-on-Sea 36.4
Kingston upon Thames  36.1
Ilford  35.6
Romford  33.4
Bromley  33.0
Isle of Man  28.2

Lucy Burnford, Director of Automyze, comments:
“There could be a number of reasons why MOT failure rates are higher in Dundee, from the length of time people own their cars to the types of vehicle they own.
“However, some basic checks could bring failure rates down and save both time and money. There are multiple reasons why vehicles fail their MOT but the most common are tyres, headlights and indicators, which can be so easily fixed before the statutory roadworthiness test.
“Ahead of your vehicle’s MOT, it’s always worth doing some simple checks yourself to ensure anything straightforward like filling up the screen wash can be fixed in advance of your test. Also, make sure you have addressed any previous ‘advisories’ – that’s the maintenance work recommended by the garage during its last MOT. You can check your car’s MOT history and advisories for free using Automyze, and get free quotes to get the work done.”

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