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UK continues to drive less each year, according to new MOT data.

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The last ten years of MOT data from the Department for Transport have shown that mileage is steadily decreasing each year, and the Government's latest stats show this reduction continuing.

After the last batch of MOT data was released over a year ago, we published analysis that showed UK drivers were driving less each year. Considering the year-on-year trend, as well as the impact of lockdown in the UK, it's set to reduce even more steeply for 2020.

Based on 2015-2019 data we project the average annual mileage for UK drivers in 2020 would be 6,970 miles, but due to the nationwide lockdown during coronavirus, that annual mileage will likely end up much lower.

Looking at the mileage driven on our real-time policies, our Miles Index shows a decline in mileage of 58% since the UK locked down on 23rd March 2020, so with 3 months of reduced mileage due to Covid-19, we estimate that this annual average will drop to just 5,960 miles.

Following the release of this latest data, our team has crunched the numbers, looking at the average mileage driven across the country, pass rates for different makes and models of car, and even which day you should get your MOT done to increase the chances of passing. You can read the full analysis below.

UK Mileage 2015 to 2020

The 2020 UK mileage forecast from By Miles:

Forecast Average Annual Mileage
per Car
2020 (with lockdown) 5,960
2020 (without lockdown) 6,970

Average UK mileage according to latest MOT data:

Year Average Annual Mileage
per Car
2019 7,090
2018 7,059
2017 7,134
2016 7,250
2015 7,334
2014 7,421
2013 7,409
2012 7,467
2011 7,473
2010 7,559
2009 7,524
2008 7,637
2007 7,712

Average 2019 UK MOT pass rate

  • Average 2019 UK MOT pass rate (for all cars): 74.9%
  • Average 2019 UK MOT pass rate (cars between the ages of 3 and 5): 87.4%

Which car makes and models have the best MOT pass rates?

MOT League Table - Top 5 Brands

Japanese and German car manufacturers still dominate the top spots when it comes to pass rates, with Lexus boasting the highest percentage of MOT passes, followed very closely by Honda and Porsche.

Compared with 2017 MOT data, Lexus has overtaken Honda's previous lead, jumping from a previous fourth place to take the top spot.

Toyota has fallen out of the top five this year, being overtaken by Mini and Suzuki. Subaru has also fallen out of the top 5 but only due to dropping below 10,000 MOTs - if included they would be fourth with a 91.9% pass rate.

Make Number of
Passes
Number of
Fails
Pass Rate
LEXUS 19,692 1,300 93.8%
HONDA 91,516 6,201 93.7%
PORSCHE 17,464 1,201 93.6%
MINI 98,915 9,033 91.6%
SUZUKI 58,105 5,469 91.4%

MOT League Table - Bottom 5 Brands

French-made motors showed some of the worst MOT pass rates for 2019. Renault is bottom of the list, falling two spots lower than in 2017 data, despite now having a slightly higher pass rate than its previous 82.5%. Citroen has also had a 0.2% pass rate increase, but has overall dropped down one spot since 2017, to second worst pass rate for 2019.

Make Number of
Passes
Number of
Fails
Pass Rate
VOLVO 63,473 10,138 86.2%
VAUXHALL 451,199 74,234 85.9%
DACIA 37,370 6,208 85.8%
CITROEN 148,888 27,153 84.6%
RENAULT 129,458 27,081 82.7%

MOT League Table - Top 5 Models

Despite not making it into the top five brands list, Toyota has come away with a third place spot on the top five models ranking, with its hybrid car, the Prius. The Honda Jazz and CR-V, both with a maximum 5-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, take the top two places for having the highest pass rates.

HONDA JAZZ 95.4%
HONDA CR-V 93.4%
TOYOTA PRIUS 93.1%
MERCEDES GLA 92.8%
TOYOTA RAV4 92.7%

MOT League Table - Bottom 5 Models

The Renault Megane was the car most likely to fail its MOT in 2019, with Renault's Clio just two spaces above it.

VAUXHALL INSIGNIA 84.4%
VOLVO V40 83.9%
RENAULT CLIO 81.4%
CITROEN DS3 81.0%
RENAULT MEGANE 78.1%

Not enough analysis for you? Here are some quick links to even more data.

For further information please contact:

Oliver at press@bymiles.co.uk

Data published: 20 May 2020
Data: The “Anonymised MOT tests and results” published by: Department for Transport (DfT)
Data source: https://data.gov.uk/dataset/e3939ef8-30c7-4ca8-9c7c-ad9475cc9b2f/anonymised-mot-tests-and-results
Data size: 28,751,424 tests
MOTs Period: Data covers MOTs carried out in 2019
Analysis: Data crunching by ByMiles.co.uk
2020 projection calculations: Using linear regression on the 2015-2019 data the projected average mileage per car for 2020 would be 6,970 miles.

However the By Miles’ Miles Index shows motorists driving 58% less than normal since lockdown began on 23rd March 2020.

With 3 months of reduced mileage due to the Covid-19 lockdown in the UK, we estimate the average mileage per car for 2020 will drop to 5,960 miles.

MOT pass rate by day of the week.

Sunday is the best day to get your MOT done with a 2% increase on its pass rate from 2017 figures, followed closely by Saturday.

Trends seem to suggest that the earlier in the week you do your MOT, the worse the result will be. Monday remains the day with the lowest pass rate, with the percentages becoming consistently higher as you move further through the week.

Day of Test Number of
Passes
Number of
Fails
Pass Rate
Monday 3,868,089 1,385,946 73.6%
Tuesday 4,037,134 1,429,590 73.9%
Wednesday 3,921,991 1,369,603 74.1%
Thursday 3,836,518 1,312,605 74.5%
Friday 3,833,427 1,233,581 75.7%
Saturday 1,967,701 487,351 80.2%
Sunday 55,508 12,380 81.8%

Average annual mileage by fuel type.

Diesel cars have the highest average mileage according to the data, followed closely behind by Hybrid cars. Petrol car drivers are now driving the lowest annual mileage on average, despite making up the majority of MOT tests overall.

Fuel Type Average Mileage Number of MOTS
Diesel 10,239 774,128
Electric (100%) 8,425 5,620
Hybrid 9,700 25,110
Petrol 6,483 777,857

MOT pass rate by fuel type.

Hybrid cars have the highest pass rate, despite petrol and diesel cars having a much higher volume of passes. Diesel cars statistically have the lowest pass rate out of all fuel types, which will most likely be affected by the fact that they tend to be driven the highest mileage.

Fuel Type Number of
Passes
Number of
Fails
Pass Rate
Hybrid 89,305 8,038 91.7%
Petrol 2,018,123 231,819 89.7%
Electric (100%) 16,316 2,410 87.1%
Diesel 2,216,514 339,531 86.7%

Note: The above only includes cars that were 3 to 5 years old.

MOT pass rate by colour of car.

Turquoise, maroon and brown cars continue to have the highest pass rates based on the 2019 data, staying consistent with the previous MOT data from 2017.

Orange cars are experiencing a revival as they've jumped from the 14th spot to fourth place, while cream and multi-coloured cars remain at the bottom of the list. Black and white cars continue to be the most popular colour choices for drivers, but are placed third and fourth last in terms of their MOT pass rates.

Car Colour Number of Passes Number of Fails Pass Rate
Turquoise 2,907 242 92.3%
Maroon 2,271 217 91.3%
Brown 44,796 4,823 90.3%
Orange 32,227 3,603 89.9%
Gold 7,007 798 89.8%
Bronze 11,492 1,327 89.6%
Pink 3,983 476 89.3%
Beige 19,106 2,310 89.2%
Red 517,887 63,344 89.1%
Blue 613,892 75,352 89.1%
Grey 654,588 82,715 88.8%
Silver 510,579 65,834 88.6%
Green 47,408 6,435 88.0%
Purple 19,766 2,698 88.0%
Yellow 21,421 2,951 87.9%
Black 803,973 115,871 87.4%
White 1,021,987 151,859 87.1%
Cream 7,758 1,164 87.0%
Multi-colour 1,406 496 73.9%

Note: The above only includes cars that were 3 to 5 years old.

MOT pass rate by make.

It's tight at the top, with Lexus, Honda and Porsche leading the way, while Renault, Citroen and Dacia trail at the bottom. Lexus has jumped from fourth to first place compared with the 2017 data, while Smart has had a huge drop from fifth in 2017, to 16th place in 2019's list.

Make Number of Passes Number of Fails Pass Rate
LEXUS 19,692 1,300 93.8%
HONDA 91,516 6,201 93.7%
PORSCHE 17,464 1,201 93.6%
MINI 98,915 9,033 91.6%
SUZUKI 58,105 5,469 91.4%
TOYOTA 169,390 16,331 91.2%
SKODA 119,379 12,115 90.8%
AUDI 248,830 26,845 90.3%
TESLA 2,272 252 90.0%
MAZDA 67,900 7,926 89.5%
NISSAN 248,819 29,368 89.4%
BMW 241,526 29,147 89.2%
VOLKSWAGEN 382,045 47,877 88.9%
HYUNDAI 127,435 16,037 88.8%
MITSUBISHI 42,090 5,404 88.6%
SMART 11,493 1,485 88.6%
LAND ROVER 111,372 14,820 88.3%
MERCEDES 214,443 28,544 88.3%
KIA 124,464 17,127 87.9%
PEUGEOT 195,328 27,254 87.8%
FORD 610,711 86,855 87.5%
JAGUAR 35,798 5,163 87.4%
SEAT 73,723 10,666 87.4%
JEEP 13,754 2,080 86.9%
FIAT 117,218 18,285 86.5%
ALFA ROMEO 7,816 1,225 86.5%
VOLVO 63,473 10,138 86.2%
VAUXHALL 451,199 74,234 85.9%
DACIA 37,370 6,208 85.8%
CITROEN 148,888 27,153 84.6%
RENAULT 129,458 27,081 82.7%

Note: The above only includes manufacturers with more than 10,000 cars tested for the year, with the addition of Alfa Romeo (9,041), Subaru (5,846) and Tesla (2,524). Data only includes cars that were 3 to 5 years old.

MOT pass rate by model.

The Honda Jazz reigns supreme with a 95.4% MOT test pass rate, clinching the top spot in 2019 (having been second highest pass rate at 95.3% when we last did this analysis for the 2017 MOT data). Honda and Toyota both have two entries in the top five, with Toyota adding a third to complete the top ten. French cars from Renault and Citroen continue to dominate the bottom of the list.

Make Model Pass Fail Pass Rate
HONDA JAZZ 34,039 1,656 95.4%
HONDA CR-V 26,347 1,872 93.4%
TOYOTA PRIUS 11,559 853 93.1%
MERCEDES GLA 13,073 1,018 92.8%
TOYOTA RAV4 10,043 787 92.7%
SKODA YETI 22,178 1,782 92.6%
VAUXHALL MERIVA 13,853 1,116 92.5%
MINI COUNTRYMAN 17,853 1,485 92.3%
TOYOTA AYGO 38,608 3,298 92.1%
SUZUKI SWIFT 20,389 1,760 92.1%
AUDI Q5 17,796 1,542 92.0%
HYUNDAI I20 23,186 2,044 91.9%
MINI ONE 15,320 1,351 91.9%
AUDI TT 12,039 1,064 91.9%
HONDA CIVIC 26,583 2,355 91.9%
VOLKSWAGEN UP 30,219 2,686 91.8%
TOYOTA YARIS 52,434 4,668 91.8%
AUDI Q3 24,481 2,190 91.8%
MINI COOPER 41,401 3,717 91.8%
SKODA CITIGO 14,555 1,327 91.6%
NISSAN NOTE 29,324 2,805 91.3%
PEUGEOT 108 25,993 2,534 91.1%
TOYOTA AURIS 29,042 2,833 91.1%
FORD KUGA 48,952 4,780 91.1%
SKODA FABIA 30,104 2,967 91.0%
BMW 218 11,958 1,180 91.0%
AUDI A1 40,619 4,036 91.0%
VAUXHALL MOKKA 68,127 6,840 90.9%
BMW X1 10,608 1,112 90.5%
MINI COOPER S 11,942 1,257 90.5%
VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 116,938 12,309 90.5%
VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN 31,593 3,330 90.5%
FORD B-MAX 18,455 1,961 90.4%
NISSAN MICRA 22,463 2,401 90.3%
CITROEN C1 28,834 3,086 90.3%
SKODA OCTAVIA 32,949 3,559 90.3%
AUDI A3 71,105 7,682 90.2%
AUDI A6 21,195 2,308 90.2%
NISSAN JUKE 63,873 7,017 90.1%
KIA PICANTO 23,905 2,643 90.0%
HYUNDAI I10 38,693 4,318 90.0%
MAZDA 6 12,079 1,362 89.9%
MAZDA CX-5 12,052 1,363 89.8%
BMW 3 SERIES 52,112 5,899 89.8%
BMW 118 15,204 1,759 89.6%
NISSAN QASHQAI 90,289 10,465 89.6%
SEAT LEON 31,360 3,642 89.6%
FORD FOCUS 128,959 15,055 89.5%
BMW 520 21,017 2,517 89.3%
FORD C-MAX 20,057 2,418 89.2%
PEUGEOT 208 47,914 5,809 89.2%
BMW X3 11,346 1,413 88.9%
FIAT PANDA 12,881 1,610 88.9%
MAZDA 2 16,197 2,051 88.8%
LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORT 18,296 2,318 88.8%
VOLKSWAGEN POLO 81,759 10,398 88.7%
PEUGEOT 2008 28,306 3,602 88.7%
BMW 420 16,443 2,100 88.7%
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER 18,409 2,352 88.7%
DACIA DUSTER 10,145 1,303 88.6%
LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER EVOQUE 32,107 4,175 88.5%
MERCEDES A 43,547 5,671 88.5%
MERCEDES C 52,689 6,888 88.4%
FORD KA 24,498 3,210 88.4%
VOLVO XC60 19,121 2,521 88.4%
BMW X5 10,724 1,423 88.3%
AUDI A4 30,554 4,071 88.2%
KIA RIO 18,658 2,491 88.2%
MAZDA 3 17,860 2,392 88.2%
FORD ECOSPORT 14,153 1,912 88.1%
AUDI A5 17,767 2,428 88.0%
LAND ROVER DISCOVERY 15,357 2,108 87.9%
NISSAN X-TRAIL 13,080 1,809 87.9%
PEUGEOT 3008 13,190 1,835 87.8%
BMW 116 26,172 3,665 87.7%
LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER SPORT 18,048 2,556 87.6%
MERCEDES CLA 10,571 1,511 87.5%
LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER 10,492 1,502 87.5%
MERCEDES E 34,325 4,954 87.4%
HYUNDAI I30 20,494 2,975 87.3%
VAUXHALL ADAM 19,071 2,796 87.2%
KIA SPORTAGE 38,007 5,584 87.2%
FORD MONDEO 25,762 3,793 87.2%
CITROEN C3 21,416 3,156 87.2%
VOLKSWAGEN TRANSPORTER 27,376 4,054 87.1%
MITSUBISHI L200 10,718 1,590 87.1%
FORD FIESTA 210,095 31,396 87.0%
RENAULT CAPTUR 35,518 5,343 86.9%
HYUNDAI IX35 18,749 2,858 86.8%
PEUGEOT 308 23,265 3,565 86.7%
KIA CEED 18,722 2,901 86.6%
PEUGEOT PARTNER 23,679 3,673 86.6%
VAUXHALL ASTRA 77,982 12,132 86.5%
JAGUAR XF 17,602 2,743 86.5%
FIAT 500 59,430 9,354 86.4%
JAGUAR XE 10,499 1,670 86.3%
VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 27,177 4,420 86.0%
VAUXHALL ZAFIRA 32,166 5,392 85.6%
SEAT IBIZA 31,057 5,335 85.3%
DACIA SANDERO 22,724 4,053 84.9%
VAUXHALL CORSA 135,517 24,261 84.8%
FORD RANGER 10,360 1,866 84.7%
CITROEN C4 40,761 7,545 84.4%
VAUXHALL INSIGNIA 45,142 8,367 84.4%
VOLVO V40 24,911 4,786 83.9%
RENAULT CLIO 39,044 8,926 81.4%
CITROEN DS3 16,307 3,823 81.0%
RENAULT MEGANE 10,125 2,842 78.1%

Notes: The above only includes models with more than 10,000 cars tested for the year, and cars that were 3 to 5 years old.

Average mileage by make.

Tesla drivers are clearly making the most of their new wheels, driving the most miles on average, though this is based on a low number of MOTs due to their newness on the scene. Dacia has gone from first to fourth place in 2019 compared with the 2017 MOT data, while Skoda and Mercedes retain second and third place.

Make Average Mileage Number of MOTs
TESLA 12,732 994
SKODA 8,660 382,641
MERCEDES 8,601 498,470
DACIA 8,442 47,157
AUDI 8,147 777,631
SEAT 8,128 257,741
VOLVO 8,109 300,346
BMW 7,826 841,682
VOLKSWAGEN 7,609 1,756,321
CITROEN 7,245 728,476
VAUXHALL 7,204 2,186,022
FORD 7,187 2,873,555
LAND ROVER 7,113 453,606
TOYOTA 7,087 992,491
MITSUBISHI 7,070 187,121
JEEP 7,070 28,988
LEXUS 7,053 81,767
KIA 6,956 398,876
PEUGEOT 6,867 1,007,101
RENAULT 6,803 715,561
NISSAN 6,776 895,123
ALFA ROMEO 6,632 47,603
HONDA 6,521 686,393
HYUNDAI 6,452 437,980
SAAB 6,436 72,287
MAZDA 6,280 332,417
MERCEDES 6,258 245,798
SUBARU 6,188 43,726
MINI 5,932 370,531
JAGUAR 5,925 167,951
FIAT 5,755 495,027
CHEVROLET 5,706 72,694
SUZUKI 5,611 256,848
SMART 4,285 34,590
PORSCHE 3,639 72,316
ROVER 3,432 54,892
MG 2,822 40,558

Notes: The above only includes makes with more than 25,000 cars tested for the year. And Tesla!

MOT pass rate by postcode.

Drivers in the Enfield postcode area have a confident lead with the highest pass rate in the UK, followed by Slough. Eastern Scotland has the lowest pass rate, followed by the South West of England. The people of Dorchester boast the oldest cars being taken for MOT, while the Motherwell in Scotland tend to have some of the newest cars.

Postcode
Area
Number of
Passes
Number of
Fails
Pass Rate Average Age
of Car (Years)
EN 147,262 26,095 84.9% 9.9
SL 173,036 35,079 83.1% 10.0
E 198,033 40,311 83.1% 10.2
IG 104,269 21,486 82.9% 9.5
SE 212,137 44,299 82.7% 10.6
RM 193,213 41,035 82.5% 9.5
UB 138,616 29,844 82.3% 10.2
CR 164,479 36,677 81.8% 10.0
BR 96,241 21,532 81.7% 9.1
N 171,575 38,875 81.5% 10.7
TW 178,860 41,019 81.3% 10.0
DA 174,202 39,966 81.3% 9.5
SS 216,033 49,902 81.2% 10.1
CM 285,923 67,875 80.8% 9.4
XX 1,526 367 80.6% 11.3
HA 138,502 34806 79.9% 10.1
NW 165,002 41,469 79.9% 9.4
KT 210,406 53,126 79.8% 9.8
W 73,070 19,230 79.2% 9.9
SG 170,828 45,020 79.1% 9.6
HP 222,666 58,800 79.1% 9.6
B 677,578 178,973 79.1% 9.6
AL 105,374 28,067 79.0% 9.2
LU 140,646 37,595 78.9% 9.7
SM 57,690 15,791 78.5% 10.7
ME 248,127 70,124 78.0% 9.6
LE 400,024 114,000 77.8% 9.6
RG 346,911 99,489 77.7% 9.5
SW 122,233 35,059 77.7% 10.0
CV 319,894 93,287 77.4% 9.5
L 231,581 67,704 77.4% 9.0
BB 176,364 51,739 77.3% 9.3
S 487,068 143,904 77.2% 9.3
CO 171,739 51,345 77.0% 10.2
BL 157,532 47,353 76.9% 8.8
WA 233,428 70,283 76.9% 8.6
WF 194,123 58,677 76.8% 9.0
HX 56,756 17,188 76.8% 9.4
RH 231,441 71,142 76.5% 10.0
MK 223,547 69,359 76.3% 9.3
DE 291,487 90,895 76.2% 9.3
M 313,047 97,918 76.2% 9.6
WV 145,905 45,904 76.1% 9.4
DY 152,202 48,425 75.9% 9.7
TN 294,228 94,581 75.7% 10.2
GU 299,911 96,469 75.7% 9.8
CB 156,428 50,436 75.6% 9.8
WD 95,260 30,754 75.6% 9.1
DH 100,645 32,682 75.5% 8.6
SO 276,175 89,943 75.4% 9.8
DG 52,148 17,027 75.4% 9.0
CW 129,361 42,519 75.3% 8.9
IP 257,052 84,525 75.3% 10.1
PE 383,092 127,072 75.1% 9.8
DN 276,797 91,828 75.1% 9.2
SK 219,772 73,131 75.0% 8.9
WN 96,504 32,165 75.0% 8.9
PR 195,280 65,152 75.0% 9.2
OX 236,507 79,373 74.9% 9.9
NE 348,351 117,528 74.8% 8.6
WR 124,903 42,337 74.7% 9.9
CA 124,158 42,245 74.6% 8.7
BD 183,099 62,677 74.5% 9.4
SY 145,305 49,925 74.4% 9.9
WS 157,133 54,368 74.3% 9.3
OL 139,551 48,409 74.2% 9.0
TD 40,771 14,175 74.2% 8.7
HG 57,889 20,554 73.8% 8.4
KW 18,362 6,555 73.7% 9.4
CT 164,998 58,972 73.7% 10.2
LA 116,243 41,578 73.7% 9.4
LL 207,087 75,156 73.4% 10.1
ZE 8,051 2,923 73.4% 7.9
NR 292,322 106,316 73.3% 10.2
TS 191,798 69,819 73.3% 8.8
HR 79,387 29,196 73.1% 10.4
HS 9,506 3,507 73.1% 9.3
CH 232,942 86,241 73.0% 9.1
DL 117,784 43,615 73.0% 8.9
SN 185,461 68,749 73.0% 9.8
NN 263,304 98,110 72.9% 9.5
ML 103,763 38,837 72.8% 7.5
KA 113,440 42,462 72.8% 8.0
SA 268,372 100,645 72.7% 9.4
NP 176,271 66,986 72.5% 9.4
G 331,325 126,017 72.4% 7.7
FY 88,681 34,429 72.0% 9.6
GL 260,638 101,446 72.0% 10.2
CF 332,933 130,534 71.8% 8.9
HD 80,547 31,782 71.7% 8.6
SR 70,698 28,080 71.6% 8.5
BH 221,055 89,296 71.2% 10.4
NG 378,961 153,284 71.2% 9.4
LS 218,425 89,100 71.0% 8.8
BN 253,998 103,786 71.0% 10.3
IV 87,001 35,837 70.8% 8.3
LN 116,208 48,116 70.7% 9.4
FK 88,462 37,023 70.5% 7.8
SP 98,536 41,387 70.4% 10.3
PO 296,996 124,900 70.4% 10.3
DT 79,123 33,334 70.4% 11.2
TF 73,818 31,143 70.3% 9.7
PA 92,256 38,991 70.3% 7.9
TA 132,789 56,137 70.3% 10.8
ST 218,461 92,539 70.2% 9.0
EH 251,846 107,885 70.0% 8.3
YO 192,393 82,543 70.0% 9.1
BS 353,936 153,760 69.7% 10.0
BA 176,235 77,990 69.3% 10.2
PH 57,740 26,427 68.6% 8.3
HU 133,647 61,801 68.4% 8.8
LD 17,757 8,296 68.2% 10.2
TQ 102,807 48,651 67.9% 11.0
EX 219,007 105,331 67.5% 10.5
AB 152,308 73,657 67.4% 8.0
PL 193,869 101,020 65.7% 10.5
TR 113,074 60,407 65.2% 10.7
DD 74,056 43,674 62.9% 8.2
KY 100,795 61,877 62.0% 8.6

MOT pass rate by age of car.

Unsurprisingly, the newer the car, the higher the MOT pass rate. However, when you get to cars that are over 50 years old, the pass rate starts to increase to over 80%, with cars that are 71 years old having a better pass rate as cars that are 3 years old (we are in awe of all of you classic car owners, you sure know how to look after a motor).

Age of Car (Years) Number of
Passes
Number of
Fails
MOT
Pass Rate
0 2,991 44 98.6%
1 20,502 931 95.7%
2 61,193 3,863 94.1%
3 2,554,656 261,445 90.7%
4 2,336,362 302,961 88.5%
5 2,082,208 345,394 85.8%
6 1,805,731 380,961 82.6%
7 1,528,809 402,185 79.2%
8 1,389,758 435,705 76.1%
9 1,349,433 501,148 72.9%
10 1,237,166 516,108 70.6%
11 1,209,866 579,261 67.6%
12 1,250,765 647,925 65.9%
13 1,051,932 596,442 63.8%
14 878,446 542,965 61.8%
15 716,376 469,629 60.4%
16 573,614 380,075 60.1%
17 409,586 271,912 60.1%
18 273,767 180,588 60.3%
19 174,612 111,163 61.1%
20 121,071 74,175 62.0%
21 82,919 47,987 63.3%
22 63,610 35,576 64.1%
23 44,551 24,481 64.5%
24 35,902 18,725 65.7%
25 26,795 13,041 67.3%
26 22,339 10,811 67.4%
27 19,596 9,135 68.2%
28 21,539 9,435 69.5%
29 20,363 8,374 70.9%
30 18,387 7,429 71.2%
31 12,761 5,168 71.2%
32 10,869 4,216 72.1%
33 8,840 3,522 71.5%
34 7,796 3,110 71.5%
35 6,312 2,290 73.4%
36 6,268 2,278 73.3%
37 4,672 1,741 72.9%
38 4,877 1,733 73.8%
39 5,313 1,751 75.2%
40 5,356 1,632 76.6%
41 2,991 892 77.0%
42 2,324 646 78.2%
43 1,943 503 79.4%
44 2,218 588 79.0%
45 1,862 442 80.8%
46 2,743 679 80.2%
47 2,679 622 81.2%
48 12,096 3,132 79.4%
49 5,220 1,157 81.9%
50 3,483 703 83.2%
51 3,157 695 82.0%
52 3,193 646 83.2%
53 2,542 508 83.3%
54 2,461 469 84.0%
55 1,941 368 84.1%
56 1,649 299 84.7%
57 1,328 209 86.4%
58 1,381 231 85.7%
59 1,251 211 85.6%
60 828 131 86.3%
61 529 96 84.6%
62 480 71 87.1%
63 393 62 86.4%
64 477 78 85.9%
65 344 53 86.6%
66 316 50 86.3%
67 206 25 89.2%
68 209 29 87.8%
69 151 16 90.4%
70 139 16 89.7%
71 119 9 93.0%
72 94 5 94.9%
73 46 2 95.8%
74 22 2 91.7%
75 21 1 95.5%
76 26 1 96.3%
77 26 2 92.9%
78 13 26 33.3%
79 30 4 88.2%
80 95 6 94.1%
81 133 11 92.4%
82 148 10 93.7%
83 140 7 95.2%
84 135 10 93.1%
85 138 5 96.5%
86 119 3 97.5%
87 84 4 95.5%
88 83 4 95.4%
89 69 1 98.6%
90 73 69 51.4%
91 54 3 94.7%
92 41 54 43.2%
93 30 2 93.8%
94 25 30 45.5%
95 17 25 40.5%
96 10 17 37.0%
97 8 10 44.4%
98 4 8 33.3%
99 1 4 20.0%
102 1 1 50.0%
103 5 1 83.3%
104 2 1 66.7%
105 2 1 66.7%
106 4 2 66.7%
107 1 4 20.0%
108 1 1 50.0%
110 2 1 66.7%
113 1 1 50.0%
115 1 1 50.0%
118 49 4 92.5%
119 44 7 86.3%
120 1 44 2.2%
130 1 1 50.0%
132 2 1 66.7%
133 1 1 50.0%
134 1 1 50.0%
150 1 1 50.0%
152 1 1 50.0%

MOT bookings by month.

Unsurprisingly, the months when the new registration plates are released tend to be the busiest at MOT centres. March is the most popular month for MOTs, followed by September. December is the quietest as people wind down for the festive season, with November not far behind.

MOT Test Month Number of MOTs
January 1,752,895
February 1,725,107
March 2,345,106
April 1,904,231
May 1,983,567
June 1,837,283
July 1,797,146
August 1,722,408
September 2,062,040
October 1,825,453
November 1,528,819
December 1,036,313

MOT bookings by day of the year.

The highest day's MOT pass rate of 2019 goes to Christmas Day (25th December), at a massive 100%. So if you can find a garage that will test your car on that day (it was the quietest day of the year with only 52 tests carried out in total in 2019, so it may just be one or two open), then it's well advised.

The lowest pass rate day of the year was January 3rd (71.5%) as the excitement of New Year's Eve begins to fade, and the testers start to wonder why they were giving December's cars such an easy ride.

The busiest testing day of 2019 was the 25th March.

MOT Date Number of MOTs MOT Pass Rate
01-Jan-19 288 87.5%
02-Jan-19 57,471 71.7%
03-Jan-19 70,747 71.5%
04-Jan-19 73,047 73.5%
05-Jan-19 35,774 77.9%
06-Jan-19 1,036 79.6%
07-Jan-19 79,415 72.5%
08-Jan-19 77,348 72.8%
09-Jan-19 74,022 73.6%
10-Jan-19 72,374 73.7%
11-Jan-19 74,374 74.9%
12-Jan-19 39,951 79.7%
13-Jan-19 1,144 83.4%
14-Jan-19 79,946 72.4%
15-Jan-19 76,562 72.9%
16-Jan-19 73,835 74.1%
17-Jan-19 70,330 74.1%
18-Jan-19 72,689 74.5%
19-Jan-19 39,956 79.4%
20-Jan-19 1,153 81.8%
21-Jan-19 78,644 72.6%
22-Jan-19 75,079 73.6%
23-Jan-19 70,805 73.9%
24-Jan-19 69,251 73.8%
25-Jan-19 74,294 74.2%
26-Jan-19 40,708 79.1%
27-Jan-19 1,110 78.8%
28-Jan-19 76,443 71.8%
29-Jan-19 70,705 72.3%
30-Jan-19 63,553 72.9%
31-Jan-19 60,841 72.5%
01-Feb-19 59,063 74.2%
02-Feb-19 35,517 78.7%
03-Feb-19 1,072 78.9%
04-Feb-19 71,447 72.7%
05-Feb-19 67,710 72.7%
06-Feb-19 65,711 73.3%
07-Feb-19 65,204 73.4%
08-Feb-19 69,295 75.2%
09-Feb-19 37,975 79.1%
10-Feb-19 1,131 81.0%
11-Feb-19 79,264 73.0%
12-Feb-19 77,082 73.4%
13-Feb-19 73,557 73.7%
14-Feb-19 71,637 74.4%
15-Feb-19 74,294 75.2%
16-Feb-19 38,953 79.1%
17-Feb-19 1,073 81.2%
18-Feb-19 86,878 73.6%
19-Feb-19 84,151 74.1%
20-Feb-19 82,466 74.6%
21-Feb-19 81,680 74.9%
22-Feb-19 84,345 75.7%
23-Feb-19 42,495 80.1%
24-Feb-19 1,296 79.7%
25-Feb-19 94,394 74.3%
26-Feb-19 93,252 74.4%
27-Feb-19 91,584 75.0%
28-Feb-19 92,581 75.5%
01-Mar-19 95,824 76.4%
02-Mar-19 48,368 80.7%
03-Mar-19 1,574 81.9%
04-Mar-19 100,354 74.8%
05-Mar-19 96,837 74.5%
06-Mar-19 95,945 75.7%
07-Mar-19 94,517 75.8%
08-Mar-19 96,456 76.8%
09-Mar-19 49,301 80.7%
10-Mar-19 1,565 81.3%
11-Mar-19 102,765 74.8%
12-Mar-19 102,604 76.2%
13-Mar-19 97,752 75.2%
14-Mar-19 97,692 76.2%
15-Mar-19 96,576 77.2%
16-Mar-19 50,754 81.2%
17-Mar-19 1,417 80.9%
18-Mar-19 103,948 74.9%
19-Mar-19 102,531 75.0%
20-Mar-19 100,680 75.5%
21-Mar-19 98,950 75.6%
22-Mar-19 100,234 76.5%
23-Mar-19 50,438 80.4%
24-Mar-19 1,450 78.9%
25-Mar-19 105,138 74.2%
26-Mar-19 103,510 74.2%
27-Mar-19 100,178 74.3%
28-Mar-19 98,281 74.6%
29-Mar-19 99,378 75.9%
30-Mar-19 48,710 80.1%
31-Mar-19 1,379 81.3%
01-Apr-19 88,320 72.0%
02-Apr-19 85,831 72.8%
03-Apr-19 79,973 72.9%
04-Apr-19 77,656 73.6%
05-Apr-19 77,350 74.3%
06-Apr-19 40,787 79.1%
07-Apr-19 1,258 81.3%
08-Apr-19 85,947 72.5%
09-Apr-19 84,817 73.1%
10-Apr-19 81,710 73.1%
11-Apr-19 79,640 73.3%
12-Apr-19 80,223 75.0%
13-Apr-19 40,619 79.6%
14-Apr-19 1,150 83.0%
15-Apr-19 89,465 73.1%
16-Apr-19 88,873 73.7%
17-Apr-19 87,870 74.1%
18-Apr-19 86,553 76.0%
19-Apr-19 21,383 75.5%
20-Apr-19 24,882 80.3%
21-Apr-19 490 88.4%
22-Apr-19 7,750 72.0%
23-Apr-19 89,719 72.7%
24-Apr-19 94,102 73.4%
25-Apr-19 92,127 73.7%
26-Apr-19 92,342 75.1%
27-Apr-19 45,402 80.3%
28-Apr-19 1,242 81.4%
29-Apr-19 90,563 72.8%
30-Apr-19 86,187 72.5%
01-May-19 82,868 72.8%
02-May-19 79,942 73.3%
03-May-19 80,366 75.3%
04-May-19 38,441 79.8%
05-May-19 1,071 80.6%
06-May-19 9,045 72.6%
07-May-19 88,383 72.8%
08-May-19 88,453 74.5%
09-May-19 85,346 74.5%
10-May-19 84,848 75.2%
11-May-19 43,902 80.1%
12-May-19 1,241 81.9%
13-May-19 89,217 73.4%
14-May-19 89,084 73.9%
15-May-19 86,176 74.0%
16-May-19 82,576 74.3%
17-May-19 82,999 75.3%
18-May-19 42,910 80.4%
19-May-19 1,229 81.1%
20-May-19 89,498 73.4%
21-May-19 88,598 73.7%
22-May-19 84,707 74.1%
23-May-19 82,623 74.7%
24-May-19 83,405 75.8%
25-May-19 37,893 80.5%
26-May-19 1,078 82.4%
27-May-19 10,386 73.0%
28-May-19 90,659 73.1%
29-May-19 88,329 73.3%
30-May-19 85,321 74.1%
31-May-19 82,973 75.1%
01-Jun-19 40,376 79.9%
02-Jun-19 1,167 80.8%
03-Jun-19 83,955 73.0%
04-Jun-19 79,929 73.3%
05-Jun-19 76,375 73.5%
06-Jun-19 76,469 74.1%
07-Jun-19 77,380 75.8%
08-Jun-19 40,305 80.9%
09-Jun-19 1,079 80.8%
10-Jun-19 85,709 74.3%
11-Jun-19 84,732 74.9%
12-Jun-19 81,093 74.9%
13-Jun-19 78,744 75.8%
14-Jun-19 79,566 76.5%
15-Jun-19 40,018 80.4%
16-Jun-19 1,081 82.8%
17-Jun-19 85,092 74.2%
18-Jun-19 83,544 74.3%
19-Jun-19 80,574 74.7%
20-Jun-19 79,387 74.9%
21-Jun-19 80,356 76.0%
22-Jun-19 40,933 80.7%
23-Jun-19 1,023 80.9%
24-Jun-19 86,988 73.8%
25-Jun-19 85,993 74.3%
26-Jun-19 82,451 74.0%
27-Jun-19 80,321 74.2%
28-Jun-19 81,709 75.3%
29-Jun-19 39,762 79.9%
30-Jun-19 1,172 83.1%
01-Jul-19 78,929 71.9%
02-Jul-19 75,369 71.9%
03-Jul-19 71,396 72.6%
04-Jul-19 68,793 72.9%
05-Jul-19 68,756 74.5%
06-Jul-19 36,501 79.8%
07-Jul-19 1,042 82.2%
08-Jul-19 76,569 72.4%
09-Jul-19 75,046 72.8%
10-Jul-19 72,712 73.3%
11-Jul-19 69,755 73.7%
12-Jul-19 69,324 75.2%
13-Jul-19 35,318 79.6%
14-Jul-19 995 79.3%
15-Jul-19 76,213 72.8%
16-Jul-19 75,105 73.3%
17-Jul-19 71,679 73.6%
18-Jul-19 68,885 73.9%
19-Jul-19 69,339 75.4%
20-Jul-19 35,566 80.1%
21-Jul-19 1,030 82.5%
22-Jul-19 78,002 73.2%
23-Jul-19 75,527 73.5%
24-Jul-19 70,906 73.2%
25-Jul-19 69,029 74.4%
26-Jul-19 68,046 74.7%
27-Jul-19 32,963 79.8%
28-Jul-19 868 81.2%
29-Jul-19 71,682 72.0%
30-Jul-19 68,260 72.3%
31-Jul-19 63,541 72.0%
01-Aug-19 61,516 72.2%
02-Aug-19 59,424 73.7%
03-Aug-19 29,993 78.8%
04-Aug-19 819 82.5%
05-Aug-19 68,774 72.2%
06-Aug-19 68,812 72.4%
07-Aug-19 66,806 73.4%
08-Aug-19 64,828 73.8%
09-Aug-19 64,139 75.5%
10-Aug-19 31,558 80.0%
11-Aug-19 799 82.2%
12-Aug-19 71,777 73.3%
13-Aug-19 72,803 73.9%
14-Aug-19 71,871 75.1%
15-Aug-19 68,658 74.8%
16-Aug-19 67,932 76.2%
17-Aug-19 32,533 80.1%
18-Aug-19 884 81.2%
19-Aug-19 78,851 74.4%
20-Aug-19 78,470 74.6%
21-Aug-19 75,458 74.9%
22-Aug-19 73,579 75.4%
23-Aug-19 73,827 76.9%
24-Aug-19 30,726 81.2%
25-Aug-19 837 81.5%
26-Aug-19 10,446 71.9%
27-Aug-19 87,031 75.1%
28-Aug-19 89,212 75.5%
29-Aug-19 88,199 76.0%
30-Aug-19 89,714 77.1%
31-Aug-19 42,132 81.5%
01-Sep-19 1,259 82.8%
02-Sep-19 93,273 75.1%
03-Sep-19 89,781 75.0%
04-Sep-19 86,333 75.5%
05-Sep-19 84,287 75.5%
06-Sep-19 85,260 76.7%
07-Sep-19 42,891 81.0%
08-Sep-19 1,197 83.1%
09-Sep-19 92,341 75.8%
10-Sep-19 91,651 75.7%
11-Sep-19 88,384 75.9%
12-Sep-19 86,735 76.3%
13-Sep-19 84,180 76.8%
14-Sep-19 43,355 81.5%
15-Sep-19 1,171 83.2%
16-Sep-19 91,966 75.4%
17-Sep-19 90,634 75.6%
18-Sep-19 88,389 75.8%
19-Sep-19 86,417 76.1%
20-Sep-19 88,896 77.4%
21-Sep-19 44,016 81.1%
22-Sep-19 1,252 84.5%
23-Sep-19 94,745 75.5%
24-Sep-19 94,359 76.7%
25-Sep-19 92,180 76.2%
26-Sep-19 91,132 76.3%
27-Sep-19 92,573 77.1%
28-Sep-19 45,296 81.0%
29-Sep-19 1,302 85.9%
30-Sep-19 86,785 73.9%
01-Oct-19 82,183 73.9%
02-Oct-19 74,766 73.1%
03-Oct-19 70,327 73.0%
04-Oct-19 72,226 74.9%
05-Oct-19 37,752 79.2%
06-Oct-19 1,064 81.2%
07-Oct-19 76,921 73.3%
08-Oct-19 75,215 73.3%
09-Oct-19 72,812 73.3%
10-Oct-19 70,477 73.7%
11-Oct-19 71,011 75.4%
12-Oct-19 37,673 80.3%
13-Oct-19 1,050 82.4%
14-Oct-19 77,319 73.9%
15-Oct-19 73,955 73.4%
16-Oct-19 72,126 74.2%
17-Oct-19 68,917 74.1%
18-Oct-19 70,572 75.5%
19-Oct-19 36,859 79.9%
20-Oct-19 1,044 82.5%
21-Oct-19 77,655 73.6%
22-Oct-19 74,322 72.9%
23-Oct-19 70,958 73.4%
24-Oct-19 70,303 74.4%
25-Oct-19 71,967 75.3%
26-Oct-19 36,117 80.8%
27-Oct-19 1,023 84.1%
28-Oct-19 75,457 72.6%
29-Oct-19 71,262 72.5%
30-Oct-19 67,428 72.8%
31-Oct-19 64,692 73.1%
01-Nov-19 65,218 74.8%
02-Nov-19 32,297 80.0%
03-Nov-19 1,023 82.0%
04-Nov-19 70,038 73.2%
05-Nov-19 66,022 72.9%
06-Nov-19 63,583 73.3%
07-Nov-19 62,650 74.2%
08-Nov-19 63,899 74.9%
09-Nov-19 35,488 80.2%
10-Nov-19 923 82.2%
11-Nov-19 70,387 73.6%
12-Nov-19 67,149 73.9%
13-Nov-19 63,038 73.9%
14-Nov-19 62,187 75.1%
15-Nov-19 63,890 75.7%
16-Nov-19 34,640 80.5%
17-Nov-19 876 83.3%
18-Nov-19 68,352 73.6%
19-Nov-19 64,620 73.9%
20-Nov-19 62,356 74.0%
21-Nov-19 60,590 74.1%
22-Nov-19 64,366 76.2%
23-Nov-19 34,752 80.8%
24-Nov-19 870 81.8%
25-Nov-19 69,847 74.3%
26-Nov-19 64,962 74.2%
27-Nov-19 61,723 74.4%
28-Nov-19 59,265 74.5%
29-Nov-19 61,149 75.0%
30-Nov-19 32,659 79.7%
01-Dec-19 891 82.4%
02-Dec-19 64,676 73.7%
03-Dec-19 60,622 73.3%
04-Dec-19 57,014 74.0%
05-Dec-19 54,897 74.4%
06-Dec-19 57,914 76.4%
07-Dec-19 31,762 80.4%
08-Dec-19 823 82.2%
09-Dec-19 65,086 74.3%
10-Dec-19 61,841 75.3%
11-Dec-19 57,289 75.6%
12-Dec-19 54,567 76.3%
13-Dec-19 51,514 76.3%
14-Dec-19 27,496 80.9%
15-Dec-19 747 82.3%
16-Dec-19 57,721 74.9%
17-Dec-19 52,339 75.3%
18-Dec-19 47,739 75.7%
19-Dec-19 44,706 76.8%
20-Dec-19 44,525 78.5%
21-Dec-19 21,129 81.4%
22-Dec-19 609 81.2%
23-Dec-19 37,088 77.4%
24-Dec-19 11,422 81.3%
25-Dec-19 52 100.0%
26-Dec-19 337 84.9%
27-Dec-19 18,997 77.2%
28-Dec-19 11,099 78.4%
29-Dec-19 429 78.7%
30-Dec-19 26,618 75.4%
31-Dec-19 14,364 77.5%

MOT pass rate by annual mileage.

The data continues to show that the safest cars are driven by low mileage drivers. Cars driven 7,000 miles per year or under have an average pass rate of 90%, compared with 83% for those that drive over 10,000 miles per year.

Drivers with an annual mileage of around 1,000 miles have the highest pass rate, and, as you'd expect, the pass rate decreases the further cars have traveled.

Annual Mileage
(rounded)
Number of
Passes
Number of
Fails
Pass Rate
0 12,920 832 93.9%
1,000 48,852 3,118 94.0%
2,000 83,762 6,201 93.1%
3,000 110,559 9,589 92.0%
4,000 126,089 12,762 90.8%
5,000 132,112 15,514 89.5%
6,000 129,062 17,004 88.4%
7,000 120,288 17,121 87.5%
8,000 107,943 16,929 86.4%
9,000 92,298 15,610 85.5%
10,000 78,275 14,055 84.8%
11,000 63,698 12,027 84.1%
12,000 51,957 10,438 83.3%
13,000 41,984 8,656 82.9%
14,000 33,399 7,196 82.3%
15,000 26,335 5,992 81.5%
16,000 20,872 4,992 80.7%
17,000 16,843 3,997 80.8%
18,000 13,522 3,363 80.1%
19,000 10,756 2,771 79.5%
20,000 8,780 2,360 78.8%
21,000 7,080 1,840 79.4%
22,000 5,813 1,528 79.2%
23,000 4,977 1,340 78.8%
24,000 3,991 1,087 78.6%
25,000 3,321 922 78.3%

Note: The above only includes cars that were 3 to 5 years old.

Average mileage by postcode.

Similarly to our 2017 analysis, London and the South East of England continue to be the lowest mileage drivers, with motorist in South West London covering the lowest average mileage in 2019.

As expected, more rural areas tended to see higher average mileage for 2019, with the Galashiels area (South East Scotland and North East England) boasting the highest average mileage for 2019 according to the MOT data.

Note that XX is a non-geographic postcode area used by online retailers for Royal Mail returns.

Postcode
Area
Average
Mileage
XX 4,068
SW 5,224
BR 5,290
SM 5,492
W 5,620
KT 5,883
SE 5,938
CR 6,010
NW 6,033
SK 6,084
TW 6,131
DY 6,179
FY 6,243
BH 6,284
N 6,299
TQ 6,455
SS 6,463
BN 6,502
DA 6,513
PO 6,534
HA 6,542
HD 6,545
HX 6,547
EN 6,567
WD 6,573
M 6,588
WN 6,648
WV 6,682
IG 6,713
OL 6,731
BS 6,732
AL 6,812
WA 6,813
CW 6,840
DT 6,849
RM 6,855
BL 6,857
HU 6,893
L 6,896
TA 6,924
WS 6,924
BA 6,979
HG 6,984
ST 6,986
NG 6,990
KW 7,003
TN 7,003
RH 7,005
S 7,006
PR 7,007
SO 7,037
LA 7,066
HS 7,066
BD 7,069
LS 7,074
PL 7,091
TR 7,093
EX 7,097
PA 7,101
SR 7,115
CV 7,119
DE 7,124
LE 7,127
EH 7,129
WR 7,137
HR 7,163
B 7,170
CT 7,180
WF 7,195
SL 7,208
GU 7,212
NR 7,222
UB 7,232
CH 7,237
GL 7,242
BB 7,264
CO 7,268
G 7,275
NE 7,287
RG 7,337
DH 7,340
HP 7,355
ME 7,397
SG 7,398
NP 7,431
CM 7,437
CF 7,438
LN 7,462
DD 7,480
TF 7,490
YO 7,491
SN 7,494
SA 7,505
ZE 7,537
DN 7,551
SY 7,572
OX 7,631
IP 7,632
TS 7,639
KY 7,647
CA 7,664
MK 7,667
ML 7,707
AB 7,715
E 7,736
DL 7,745
PE 7,757
LD 7,759
SP 7,765
DG 7,769
KA 7,784
LU 7,787
LL 7,805
NN 7,809
CB 7,825
FK 7,882
PH 7,963
IV 8,069
TD 8,108
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