The UK’s best vans for passing the MOT
September 12, 2019
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September 12, 2019
When was the last time you checked your van lights or tyres? New research suggests drivers are putting themselves and others at risk because they do not carry out necessary maintenance. Dan Powell of Honest John Vans explains.
Data from the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) shows one in four vans will fail the first MoT at three years, with lighting, brakes and tyres accounting the majority of failures.
One-third of these could be avoided if drivers made the simplest and most basic of checks to their van, according to the Government figures obtained by Honest John Vans.
The number one cause of MOT failures is lighting, with 36,660 faults, while faulty windscreen wipers and empty screen wash account for 14,056 failures. Faulty brakes are responsible for further 13,190 failures while 10,605 vans are refused a new MoT due to worn or damaged tyres.
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MOT test data shows that a typical van will clock up 47,000 miles by the time it has its first test at three years, compared to the average car that covers 26,000 miles over the same time.
The Honest John Vans MOT Files is the most detailed analysis of Government MoT data in the UK, covering every postcode in England, Scotland and Wales. The data is obtained from the DVSA through the Government’s Open Data scheme and based on millions of MoT tests that take place up and down the country by qualified technicians.
A guest writer who is the editor of Honest John Vans. Dan offers in-depth and unbiased advice to help you save money when buying a new or used van
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