MOT failures on the rise as drivers neglect repairs

Tom Webster

More cars are failing their annual MOT test thanks to impoverished car owners cutting back on repair costs in an attempt to save cash.

MOT failure rates rose to a record 37 percent for cars and small vans last year, with most vehicles failing on simple elements such as tyres, lights, brakes and suspension, parts that all need replacing periodically regardless of the reliability of the vehicle.