9.2m cars not roadworthy?

Published:  01 July, 2020

While MOTs may be returning to normal from 1 August, new research has suggested that 9.2m cars may not be roadworthy, some with dangerous faults, and 29% of drivers know they have a problem.

The warning comes via a survey from GoCompare Car Insurance, commissioned after MOT certificates were automatically extended due to the Coronavirus.

There were a host of other worrying findings. The research found that 9% of drivers said that their car had tyres which need replacing, 6% of vehicles have brake related problems, and a further 6% of cars need engine related or mechanical repairs. Meanwhile, 5% of cars require safety related repairs including seatbelts and lights, another 5% of cars need repairs to the windscreen, and a final 5% of cars have clutch problems.   

The research also revealed that 17% of motorists were driving a car displaying a warning or service light.

Lee Griffin, founder and CEO of GoCompare Car Insurance commented: “The six-month extension of MOT certificates means that there are millions of cars on the road which haven’t been tested for over a year.  It’s fair to say that many will have faults that would usually be routinely identified during an MOT. We are concerned by the number of drivers who are knowingly driving cars which have outstanding repairs or faults.  These drivers are potentially risking their safety and that of others.” 

Lee added: “We are urging drivers not to ignore any dashboard warning lights and, if they have any concerns about the condition of their car to take it to be repaired.”  

According to the latest DVSA statistics, 31.7% of cars fail their initial MOT, 9% failed with dangerous defects.

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