New figures show motorists hold key to MOT test pass

18 September 2013 #SMMT News
  • New government figures show many MOT failures are easily avoidable.
  • Two minute check could save motorists time and money.
  • 5,545 UK car dealers unite to improve MOT pass rate.

New figures released by VOSA, the government body that oversees MOT tests, show that of the 8.1 million MOT failures in 2012, a significant proportion were caused by easy-to-spot issues. Manufacturer main dealers across the country have united to help eliminate simple failures by setting-out a simple series of checks for drivers.

Almost a fifth of MOT failure items could be avoided if motorists notified their garage before the annual roadworthiness test is carried out. Simple-to-spot issues range from blown bulbs and worn tyres problems with windscreen wipers and low fluid levels.

Taking just a ‘Minute Or Two’, the 10-step checklist takes vehicle owners through a series of quick-and-easy checks. By forewarning the dealership of any required work in advance of the MOT, motorists can give their vehicle the best chance of passing the test first time around.

Every car-maker in the UK is participating with technicians at manufacturer main dealerships ready and able to assist customers who might be unsure about carrying out the checks themselves.

The objective of the Minute Or Two initiative is to reduce the number of easily-avoidable MOT failures by educating motorists. With these simple checks, motorists can ensure that they are in the best possible position to pass the test, saving themselves time as well as money on costs encountered with a failure.

The full ‘Minute Or Two’ checklist can be viewed at, where visitors can also watch a video on carrying out the check and use a Garage Finder tool to locate their nearest dealer.

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