Failed MOTs not being repaired
New data shows that less than half of vehicles flagged as needing urgently required work during services were actually repaired in June 2018, with 40% of motorists who had MOT-failing ‘red work’, leaving dealerships with no repairs made.
The data compiled by electronic vehicle health check provider autoVHC, shows how many unsafe cars are currently operating on Britain’s roads. Those showing as needing ‘red work’ are vehicles where issues exist that pose serious safety risks and, in many cases, will mean the owner is breaking the law if they continue to drive.
Although the number of cars visiting dealerships remained consistent when compared to the previous year, the amount of ‘red work’ flagged on average by dealerships increased by 30%.
Less urgent but still important ‘amber work’ had an even poorer rate of repair, with just 15% of vehicles leaving a garage with their problems rectified. Although these issues may not result in an MOT fail, they still require attention, and can become dangerous in extreme conditions.
Chris Saunders, business unit director of autoVHC, commented, ‘It’s obviously incredibly worrying to see the amount of dangerous vehicles that are currently on Britain’s roads. As a motorist vehicle health should always be a top priority, particularly if an eVHC flags a fault in the ‘red work’ category.’