Up to three million potentially dangerous cars are being allowed back on the road after being wrongly passed in MOT inspections, a DVSA report has recently found.
The report, conducted by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, found that nearly one in five vehicles which passed the test last year shouldn't be on the road. This means that 18.1 per cent of the 27.48 million vehicles on the road today should have failed their test, due to faults missed in brakes, steering and tyres.
This results in 2.98million vehicles being on the road that shouldn't.
In one in eight cases the defects were actually so bad that the cars should have received an instant ban from the road, with action taken against the garages that passed them.
This latest news comes just days after a DVSA computer failure left thousands of both motorists and garages without the ability to obtain an official MOT.
One of the biggest defects encountered was the aim of the headlights, with 8.8 per cent of the MOT verdicts challenged.
The details were uncovered in a Freedom of Information request by motoring magazine Auto Express.
Auto Express editor in chief Steve Fowler told the Daily Mail: "It is worrying that there are already around 3 million potential death trap vehicles driving legitimately on UK roads after wrongly been passed for their annual MOT."
This latest news will no doubt cause concern to those already worried by the Government's plans to increase the first MOT time from three to four years.