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Most common MOT failure items

What are the things that cause the most MOT failures, and how has the MOT test developed over the decades?

Words By Claire Evans

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Nearly 50% of all faults found on cars during MOT tests involve minor issues such as blown light bulbs, and worn windscreen wipers and tyres.

The most common MOT fail reason is lights are:

Lights and indicators – 19% Suspension – 13% Brakes – 10% Tyres – 8%

The history of the MOT test

1960

MOT test covering brakes, lights and steering is introduced in the UK for all vehicles when they are 10 years old and in every subsequent year.

1961

First MOT test moved to seven years of age.

1962

MOT test introduced for commercial vehicles.

1967

First MOT test moved to three years of age.

1983

First test for ambulances, taxis and all vehicles that can carry eight passengers or more becomes an annual requirement.

1994

Diesel emissions test added to MOT test.

2012

MOT test information goes online and people can check a vehicle’s entire history.

2012

Vehicles’ recent mileage history recorded on the MOT test certificate.

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