Electrics cause for MOT failures

An analysis of the latest data from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has revealed the most common reasons for MOT failures – electrical equipment being a leading cause.

Faulty lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment were responsible for one in four of all MOT failures (27.6%), while suspension accounted for 18.4%, followed by faulty brakes, which resulted in 15% of failures.

After lights, brakes and suspension, ‘driver’s view of the road’ was the next biggest reason for MOT failure (10.6%) and one which can be easily fixed by motorists, prior to an MOT.  So often it’s down to large cracks in the windscreen, dashcams, stickers and other obstructions restricting the driver’s view.

Worn out tyres caused one in 10 cars to fail, while issues with emissions and fuel systems were responsible for another 6.1% of failures. Problems with steering caused 4.1% of failures, followed by seatbelts at 2.9%. Body structure and general items accounted for 2.2%.

MyCarNeedsA.com analysed over 19,400424 DVSA MOT records from 2016 to identify the reasons for failure for vehicles undergoing their MOT.