According to DVSA figures obtained by Motorway.co.uk and reported in Fleet News, there were 5 million fewer MOT tests carried out during the April and May than there were in the corresponding period in 2019 due to the lockdown. Having submitted a Freedom of Information (FOI) request there were just 2,153,768 MOT tests carried out compared to 7,166,056 carried out in 2019.
According to DVSA figures available on gov.uk, the first time fail rate for cars and vans, which is reported quarterly, is consistently above 30% and was 31.7% for the last reported quarter of July – September 2019. Almost a third of those – 9.1% of all initial tests – failed with at least one dangerous fault.
With so many people taking advantage of the 6 month MOT suspension until September, brought in by the government because garages were forced to shut during lockdown, there has to be a real concern about the number of vehicles being driven around in an unsafe condition, which could total many hundreds of thousands.