7 million UK cars "illegal"

Jay Nagley

According to a survey by Britannia Rescue of just over 2,000 motorists, almost a quarter (23%) of motorists admit their cars have a defect which renders them illegal and 14% say their vehicle is in urgent need of repair.

The most common issue is bald tyres, although 15% of people claimed not to know that bald tyres were illegal. Either they were telling porkies about their knowledge, or they are so out of touch with the realities of driving that you have to wonder if they should be on the road at all.