Rise in rogue MOT inspectors: Some 687 MOT techs have been disqualified in the past two years, a new report has found
Motorists must check workshop credentials before submitting their cars for assessment after a sharp rise in the number of MOT testers who have been disqualified in the past two years.
After a growing number of cases of improper or negligent practices during the testing process and issuance of fraudulent certificates, there has been a 49 percent increase in rogue testers, data from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency shows.
Around 687 TÜV inspectors were disqualified in the 2020-2022 financial years, compared to 460 in the previous two years, 2018-2020.
The number of shady MOT testers being axed has risen in recent years, warns BookMyGarage.com – which has issued a freedom of information request.
In fact, the number of disqualifications recorded in 2020/21 is three and a half times higher than in the 2015/16 financial year, which according to DVSA records represents 252 additional cases.
In addition to the 687 denials of the DVSA after investigations in the past two financial years, there were also over a thousand warnings to TÜV inspectors in the same period.
According to BookMyGarage, the figures show how important it is for motorists to do their homework and find trustworthy and reputable garages to carry out their vehicles’ annual roadworthiness checks, both from a safety and legal perspective.
“We welcome the disqualification of rogue TÜV inspectors as it gives confidence that vehicles on the road are properly inspected.
“This ultimately improves safety for all road users,” said Karen Rotberg, co-founder of BookMyGarage.
“The increase in disqualification figures from the DVSA shows how important it is to do research when booking a TÜV and to find a trustworthy workshop.”
The latest available MOT test data shows UK motorists are driving far less than they were before the pandemic, which has been closely linked to an increase in hybrid use and rising fuel prices over the past two years.
Average annual mileage recorded at MOT testing shows drivers drove 5,398 miles in 2021, down 24 percent from before the pandemic in 2019.
“It’s official, we’re now a nation of low-mileage drivers,” says James Blackham, managing director of short-term insurance provider By Miles, who analyzed the latest MOT data.
Over a thousand warnings have been issued to TÜV inspectors in the last two years, in addition to almost 700 disqualifications, as the DVSA records show
He said average annual mileage could fall further as motorists reduce the number of trips during the cost-of-living crisis.
“Many of us may have expected the UK annual average mileage to recover from the lows in the 2020 data, but our analysis shows the opposite.
“Even with more freedom in 2021, the average driver now travels the equivalent of a round trip from Land’s End to John O’Groats (1,700 miles) less than in pre-pandemic times.
Car brands with the best and worst MOT pass rates in 2021
BEST MOT PASS RATES
2nd Honda 94.1%
3. Porsche 94%
WORST MOT PASS RATES
1. Citroen 86%
2nd DS 86%
3. Renault 86.7%
4. Opel 87.5%
5. Peugeot 88.2%
“Despite the drop in mileage, most drivers just don’t know how far they’ve driven – 65 percent of By Miles members overestimate their mileage each year, even though we only charge for what they use.
“In addition, we know that half of all drivers have driven less since the beginning of this year due to the cost of living crisis.”
Overall MOT holding rates also fell to 75.6 percent last year, compared to 76.2 percent in 2020.
Sunday (82.5 percent) remains the best day of the week to pass a test, with Monday (74.5 percent) being the worst.
The only day of the year to record the highest MOT inventory rate in 2021 was Boxing Day at 93.3 percent – although very few engines were likely rated that day.
The worst day for TÜV was February 1st with a success rate of only 72 percent.
Japanese car brands are most likely to pass the first time, with Lexus leading the way with a 94.7 percent pass rate ahead of Honda (94.1 percent), Toyota (92.4 percent) and Suzuki (92.3 percent).
Porsche also appeared in the top 5 manufacturers for TÜV, with 94 percent sailing through the rating first time.
French brands dominated the other end of the spectrum with Citroen. DS. Renault and Peugeot are among the five brands with the lowest MOT inventory ratios, with Vauxhall (which coincidentally is now French-owned) also among the top five performers.
While Japanese brands are most likely to pass an MOT the first time, French engines are the most likely to fail. Renaults (a Clio pictured) had an 86.7% MOT pass rate in 2021
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