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Record number of MOT failures expected in West Midlands

Faulty bulbs, worn brakes, and inadequate tyre tread depth accounted for more than half of the failures. Credit: PA

March is forecast to see a record number of MOT failures in Birmingham, according to research by a tyre manufacturer.

Continental Tyres analysed nearly 90 million MOT records over the last three years and discovered that many cars are failing their MOT due to problems that are easily prevented.

Faulty bulbs, worn brakes, and inadequate tyre tread depth accounted for more than half of the failures.

In Birmingham alone, there are over 1 million registered motorbikes, cars, vans, buses and trucks and 34% of these vehicles fail the annual safety test, a marginally better failure rate than the national average of 36%.

“It is crucial that Birmingham’s motorists understand the seriousness of driving with worn brakes or tyres given the impact it has on the safety of everyone on the road. Tyres are the vital connection to the road on all four corners, and as the leading advocate of road safety we want to make people aware of how they can save time and money through quick, simple checks.”

– Mike Griffiths, Safety Spokesman (Continental Tyres)

The detailed study is the first time any organisation has analysed previously unpublished government data to reveal the scale of avoidable risk and cost.

Researchers examined records covering every postcode and identified that 30% of MOT failures were for lights, 17% for brakes and 10% for tyres.

Here's how you can avoid your vehicle failing its MOT:

  • Check your lights - are they all working including indicators?
  • Check your tyres - the legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm
  • Check your number plate - is it clean and legible?
  • Test your seatbelts - drivers needs to adjust forwards & backwards
  • Ensure windscreen wipers are working
  • Check your oil, fuel, screen wash and horn