The attached article featured in The Times raises concern over the number of unsafe cars on the road, despite having a yearly MOT check.
Official figures show that an alarming 36.7 per cent of cars, more than ten million, were found to be unroadworthy after being subject to MOTs in 2015-16. Problems with lights and signals were the most common faults, followed by suspension issues, brakes and steering.
Issues of roadworthiness can contribute to an accident, such as defective tyres. The basic legal requirements in relation to tyres are that they must;-
Be compatible with the others on the car.
Be in a generally good physical condition.
Be correctly inflated to the recommended pressure.
Have sufficient tread and depth of tread – at least 1.6mm in the centre ¾ of the tread in a continuous band around the tyre.
Damaged or worn tyres can cause you to lose control of your vehicle, which in turn can lead to an accident and endanger lives. You are also at risk of a fine and invalidating any car insurance too.
The plans mean that motorists will be given advice before the next MOT check on which parts of their vehicle are likely to need attention.
Every driver has responsibility for checking the roadworthiness of their vehicle. Keeping your vehicle in a roadworthy condition helps to keep you and other road users safe and reduce the number of accidents on our roads.
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Gareth Llewellyn, chief executive of the DVSA, said that the failure rate was far too high. “There are 29 million cars coming in for testing every year, but 37 per cent of them fail. Those vehicles were unsafe to drive before they came in for testing,” he said. The DVSA will introduce vehicle-specific information on to the test certificate issued to drivers after vehicles have been approved. This will warn car owners which parts are most likely to fail over the following 12 months. The DVSA will calculate the probability using data gathered on each make, model and year of manufacture. The expectation is that motorists will use it to keep a closer check on common problems.