High road or low road? Scottish cars top MOT failure poll

Published:  23 October, 2020

Cars in Scotland are the least likely in the UK to pass their MOT, with cars in Devon coming a close second, while cars in a number of London boroughs are achieving the highest pass rates,  new  research has revealed.

The latest data from the Department for Transport has revealed the areas where cars are most likely to pass and fail their MOT tests.

An analysis, conducted by LKQ Euro Car Parts, showed, the KY postcode (Kirkcaldy) tops the failure list, with 28% having failed their MOT test between October 2019 and January 2020. The UK average for the period was 20%   Following Kirkcaldy, the DD postcode (Dundee) came in second with 27% MOT fails. AB (Aberdeen)and PH (Perth) were in joint fifth place on 24%.  

The top postcodes for MOT fails in the UK are:

KY (Kirkcaldy, Scotland) - 28%

DD (Dundee, Scotland) - 27%

TR (Truro, Cornwall) - 26%

PL (Plymouth, Devon) - 26%

EX (Exeter, Devon)- 25%

TQ (Torquay, Devon) – 25%

AB (Aberdeen, Scotland) - 24%

LD (Llandrindod Wells, Wales) - 24%

PH (Perth, Scotland) - 24%

BA (Bath, Somerset) - 24%

HU (Hull, Yorkshire) - 24%  

When it comes to the cars most likely to fail their MOT, 23% of all Vauxhall cars tested between October 2019 and January 2020 failed, making it the least reliable out of the 10 most common brands in the UK.   Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment the biggest causes of a MOT failure. Such faults are accountable for 27% of all failures.

On the other end of the scale, looking at the locations most likely to pass their MOT, London postcodes perform well, with nine postcodes from the capital achieving over 76% pass rates. Overall, 37 UK postcodes achieved a pass-rate that was higher than the national average of 74%.  

The postcodes with the highest MOT pass rates are:

EN (Enfield, London) - 78%

SL (Slough, Berkshire) - 77%

CM (Chelmsford, Essex) - 77%

BR (Bromley, London) - 77%

KT (Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey) - 77%

IG (Ilford, London) - 77%

TW (Twickenham, London) - 76%

SS (Southend-on-Sea, Essex) - 76%

NW (North West London) - 76%

AL (St Albans, Hertfordshire) - 76%

W (West London) - 76%

S (Sheffield, Yorkshire) - 76%

DA (Dartford, London) - 76%

RM (Romford, London) - 76%

WF (Wakefield, Yorkshire) - 76%  

Commenting on the findings of the research, Colin Cottrell, Marketing and Central Operations Director at LKQ Euro Car Parts, said: “With so many vehicles due for their MOT because of the government’s extension, it’s very interesting to see the postcodes where cars are most likely to pass and fail. For cars within the postcodes seeing the highest fail rates, perhaps the data will urge drivers to double and triple check their cars, and ensure they are 100% road-worthy before sending them for their MOT.”    

To read more about the most common MOT fails and how to avoid them, visit: https://www.eurocarparts.com/blog/common-mot-fails-to-avoid  

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