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Have you seen an increase in MOT failed vehicles in your yard?

MOTSince MOT rule changes came into play on the 20th May 2018 there has been an increase in the number of MOT failures prompting a rise in the number of cars being scrapped.


According to an article found here:, a study, conducted by Prestige Motor Warehouse showed emissions to be the biggest issue for diesels – a knock on effect of the stricter rules. 

Information gathered over the past three months from 50 test stations across, England, Wales and Scotland has found failure rates for petrol vehicles have risen by 12 per cent, whereas diesel vehicle MOT failures has increased by 24 per cent.

Five main changes were put into place and they were as follows

1. Defects are categorised differently either as: dangerous, major, minor, advisory or pass. (Dangerous and Major result in fail).

2. Stricter rules for diesel car emissions

3. Some new items included in the testing such as:

  • if tyres are obviously underinflated
  • if the brake fluid has been contaminated
  • for fluid leaks posing an environmental risk
  • brake pad warning lights and if brake pads or discs are missing
  • reversing lights on vehicles first used from 1 September 2009
  • headlight washers on vehicles first used from 1 September 2009 (if they have them)
  • daytime running lights on vehicles first used from 1 March 2018 (most of these vehicles will have their first MOT in 2021 when they’re 3 years old)

There are other smaller changes to how some items are checked. Your MOT centre will be able to tell you about these.

4. The design of the MOT certificate has changed.

5. Some vehicles older than 40 years will be exempt.

We spoke to the DVLA a couple of months ago asking them for their opinion on how the new MOT rules will affect the industry and they told us that they didn’t expect a significant change.

The failure rate has also seen a rise in the number of cars written off entirely.

A spokesperson at Scrap Car Comparison said: “There’s more and more of the older cars failing the new MOT and that has led to an increase in the calls we are getting for people wanting to scrap their cars.

“More people are now buying eco-friendly cars and on finance and this is leading to less of the older polluting diesels on the roads.”


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