Disparities found in MoT tests

MOT 1st September 2011

The results of an MoT test can vary greatly between garages, according to new research.

Motoring magazine What Car? sent its mystery shoppers to six Ministry of Transport-approved centres with a six-year-old Vauxhall Corsa that the RAC had deemed an MoT test failure.

They found that two test centres passed the car for its MoT, while the four other garages failed to pick up on a broken clip on a brake pipe or chipped windscreen.

Furthermore, one garage in south-west London failed to detect a problem with a track-rod end ball joint which can result in the driver suffering a loss of steering.

Chas Hallett, What Car? editor, claimed that the government should look to improve the current MoT system rather than switch to a biannual testing schedule.

He said: "With so much disparity between different garages, we think the government should scrap its plans for biannual MoT tests and focus instead on tightening up the current system to ensure motorists stay safe in their cars and on our roads." 

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Posted by Danielle Barge