All vehicles that are older than three years old are strictly prohibited from being driven on the roads in the UK without an MOT test, and you are only able to use your vehicle if you have been given the official VT20 or VT32 safety certificate. Without receiving your MOT, your car is not considered safe enough to be driven and you will not be able to renew your insurance or vehicle tax. In short, you are not going to be able to use your vehicle in any capacity. If you were to drive your vehicle on the road without a valid MOT you could face a fine of up to £1000. With this in mind, the importance of an MOT test cannot be underestimated. In this blog, we run through some of the most interesting and surprising facts about MOT’s.

When did MOT’S become a necessity?

This year, the MOT test is 59 years old – and it certainly won’t disappear anywhere anytime soon. When the test appeared in 1960, it just tested a vehicle’s brakes, lights and steering. Originally, only vehicles that were more than ten years old had to be tested. After some time due to increased car breakdowns, this was reduced to seven years. By 1967, this had decreased to three years, where (with some exceptions such as ambulances), it has remained ever since.

The MOT checklist has grown over the years but, surprisingly, tyres were not part of the test until 1977, and it took 17 years before tyres were seen as a crucial part of our roadworthiness test.

What are the most common causes of MOT fail?

Here we have compiled some of the most frequent MOT failures, with the percentage of how many cars have failed because of this fault:

  • Lighting and signalling – 18.4%

  • Suspension – 12%

  • Brakes – 9.6%

  • Tyres – 7.4%

  • Driver’s view of the road – 6.6%

  • Of course, cars can fail the MOT test based on multiple factors, in fact, the average number of fail items is 2.99.

Here at Adderley Green Garage, our team specialises in car and motorcycle MOTs, providing a full range of services. When it’s time for your MOT in Stoke-on-Trent, we can carry out tests on all sorts of vehicles, from vans and light commercials through to motorhomes. Get in touch with our friendly team to find out more.