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Londoners most likely to suffer 'avoidable' MOT failures

Motorists in London are more likely than those in any other part of the UK to fail their MOT as a result of simple, easy-to-fix, issues such as blown bulbs, worn tyres and cracked windscreens.

The research, conducted by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), indicates that around 1.5 million MOT failures each year could be avoided if motorists carry out simple visual checks of their vehicles and forewarn their dealer of issues, before the annual test of roadworthiness.

Across the various London boroughs, the research suggests 35% of failure issues could have been anticipated had the visual checks been carried out. This is well above the national average of 22%.

The findings are highlighted as part of the automotive industry's ‘Minute Or Two' campaign, which encourages motorists to carry out 10 visual checks of their vehicle prior to the MOT test.

The full ‘Minute Or Two' checklist, which can be viewed at www.passmymot.co.uk, includes checks of headlights, tyres, windscreen wipers and fluid levels.

The website also features a video guide to the checks and a Garage Finder tool, powered by Motor Codes, the car servicing customer service scheme backed by Trading Standards.

The campaign is backed by every major car maker, and technicians at 5,545 manufacturer main dealerships across the UK are ready and able to assist customers who might be unsure about carrying out the checks themselves.

Central London topped the table of fixable MOT failures with SMMT findings showing that 46% of issues could have been addressed after a simple 'driveway' check.

At the other end of the spectrum, the Orkney Islands had the lowest number of avoidable fails, with only 13% of issues being of the type that an owner could have identified in advance of the MOT.

In joint second place are the Hebrides and Shetland, with a 13.6% ‘fixable' failure rate. 

UK areas with highest proportion of avoidable MOT failures

 

Ranking

Town

% of all MOT fails considered 'avoidable'

1

Central London

46.4

2

South West  London

35.4

3

Bromley

34.3

4

Ilford

33.9

5

North West London

33.3

6

Kingston

32.7

7

Sutton

32.3

8

Harrow

31.0

9

East  London

30.8

10

Croydon

30.6

11

Romford

30.5

12

St Albans

30.3

13

Twickenham

30.2

14

West London

30.1

15

Enfield

29.8

 

UK towns with lowest proportion of avoidable MOT failures

 

Ranking

Town

% of all MOT fails considered 'avoidable'

1

Orkney

13.0

2=

Hebrides

13.6

2=

Shetland

13.6

4

Berwick-on-Tweed

14.0

5

Kirkcaldy

15.1

6

Bradford

15.3

7

Sunderland

15.4

8

Inverness

15.5

9

Aberdeen

15.8

10=

Hull

15.9

10=

Stoke-on-Trent

15.9

12

Newcastle

16.1

13=

Dundee

16.3

13=

Telford

16.3

15

Truro

16.5

"The data shows that, more than anywhere else in the UK, motorists in London would be able to avoid needless MOT failures by spending just a few minutes carrying out a series of simple pre-MOT checks," explained Mike Baunton, SMMT interim chief executive.

"The aim of the ‘Minute Or Two' campaign is to give motorists the knowledge and confidence to check their own vehicles and eliminate the possibility of simple problems, such as lights and fluid levels, causing a fail at the vehicle's next MOT test."

 


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