MOT tests look at whether a vehicle is roadworthy and safe for regular use with checks on basic features such as brakes and tyres. Cars either pass or fail based on whether the damage could put safety at risk and motorists may be urged to take their car in for a service to fix any problems.
MOT testers have revealed some of the worst faults seen on vehicles taken in for their yearly checks with everything from a piece of wood holding tougher a suspension to using a beer can as a wheel arch.
Fake brake bolts
Using the correct bolts are vital for vehicles safety and hold key pieces together when under pressure on the road.
However, one bike user had travelled to the test centre with long bolts hanging off the front of their Suzuki.
The customer claimed the original bolts had fallen out and the large alternatives were all they could find.
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A suspension keeps the car gripped to the road and is another important part of basic car function.
However, this driver had stunningly strengthened his broken suspension arm with a small plank of wood and string.
The owner had called his local test centre the day before his MOT test and they had advised him to get the car recovered.
He went against advice and spectacularly drove the car to the garage with the makeshift suspension arm.
DVSA officials say if this had broken it could have littered the road with pieces of suspension that could have easily caused an accident.
MOT tests were made harder to pass last year after radical changes to the annual tests brought in new categories.
The system gives more clarity to motorists who failed the exam by branding vehicles as having either minor or dangerous faults.
The new rules saw a third of cars, vans and motorcycles fail the assessment because of defects as three million were branded dangerous.
DVSA’s Head of MOT policy, Chris Price, told Express.co.uk: “DVSA’s priority is to help everyone keep their vehicle safe to drive.
“Thanks to the MOT, three million dangerous vehicles were taken off the road last year. However, the MOT is only a once a year safety check.
“Drivers have a responsibility to make sure their vehicle is properly maintained and safe to drive at all times and should carry out simple checks to stay safe and legal and keep Britain’s roads safe.”