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MOT Pass rates for commercial vehicles see further increases

MOT Pass rates for commercial vehicles see further increases

Oct 23, 2013


The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) has recently made public its “VOSA effectiveness report 2012 to 2013”. This annual report, linked by the Government to the objective of making the roads safer, has shown new and interesting data that demonstrates an improvement in the number of first-time MOTS pass rates for Commercial Vehicles.

The Ministry of Transport test (also known as MOTs) is an annual test that checks that vehicles over three years old meet road safety and environmental standards. After checking exhaust emissions, roadworthiness aspects and the automobile safety, the MOTs determines whether a vehicle is fit or not to be used on the road. The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency report is elaborated each and every year in order to carry out a study about the evolution of the available data.

This year’s study shows that out of the 28.473.922 vehicles tested, more than 39.1 per cent failed the Ministry of Transport test. While this number is still very high, last year’s report indicated that 39.6 per cent of those vehicles that took part in the test failed. In the case of cars, vans and passenger vehicles with up to 12 seats (usually grouped as classes 3 and 4 in the report), the initial fail rate went down from 40.1 per cent in the 2012 report to 39.5 per cent in the 2013 report. This data reflects that fewer cars are failing the MOTs now than a year ago. The final fail rate also shows some improvement, according to the “VOSA effectiveness report 2012 to 2013”. A year ago, the final fail rate of cars, vans and passenger vehicles with up to 12 seats was of 30.5 per cent of all the cars that took part in the test. According to the 2013 report, only 29.9 per cent of the total cars failed this year. This means that a total of 8.398.782 Commercial Vehicles failed the MOTs.

Alastair Peoples, VOSA and DSA Chief Executive, commented on the newly released report by stating that “the findings within [the] report support what I have always believed, that collaboration between VOSA and the transport sector can lead the way to safer roads for UK motorists” and their “annual effectiveness report is an excellent way for the industry to see how well we are doing and what needs to be focused on to see us continue to drive up the standards of all road users”. While there is still a large number of vehicles that fail to pass the MOTs, the figures show that pass rates have continue to rise steadily, making possible a 77.6% first time pass rate for heavy goods vehicles, a 81.5% for buses, and a 84.3% rate for trailers.