Feeds

French top MOT failure league

Mon dieu mon brave, that's gonna cost you

The next step in data security

The government agency which runs MOT tests in the UK has finally given in to a BBC request for all the information on which cars were most likely to fail the test in 2007.

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, an agency of the Ministry of Transport, gave in and released the data yesterday.

VOSA originally claimed it could not reveal the information because of commercial confidentiality. Today it said the information should be interpreted carefully, but said it would make it available online later in the year. In the meantime the Beeb has an Excel spreadsheet you can download from here.

VOSA said MOT failure rates: "do not necessarily reflect on the ‘reliability or longevity’ of the particular make and model of car concerned – and very often say more about the owner and the way the car has been used and maintained."

Frustratingly this is true - because the data does not include why the car or van failed. So it could be a simple tyre or light problem rather than anything serious. Without some clue to mileage and basic maintenance it is hard to glean useful information.

But some trends are clear: Japanese cars generally do well, while taking a pre-1999 Alfa Romeo to the garage means you have a 50:50 chance of walking home. But then you knew that already, right? At the other end of the scale, only ten per cent of Bentley Continentals failed their test.

Looking at models with over 20, 000 tests in 2007 puts the Renault Megane at top of poorly performing cars with a failure rate of 28.1 per cent, Peugot's 307 was in fourth place with a failure rate of 24.7 per cent.

Admittedly this ignores two Transit vans at number one and number three with 30.5 per cent and 26.3 per cent failure rates respectively- but given how the white van is typically driven, and maintained, we think this is fair.

There is a breakdown of the most popular models here. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis
Musk charging nearly half as much as Boeing for crew trips
Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around
Surprises at the nano-scale mean our ideas about how they charge could be all wrong
Thought that last dinosaur was BIG? This one's bloody ENORMOUS
Weighed several adult elephants, contend boffins
Edge Research Lab to tackle chilly LOHAN's final test flight
Our US allies to probe potential Vulture 2 servo freeze
Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen
No word yet on whether backup site is labelled 'K'
India's MOM Mars mission makes final course correction
Mangalyaan probe will feel the burn of orbital insertion on September 24th
Cracked it - Vulture 2 power podule fires servos for 4 HOURS
Pixhawk avionics juice issue sorted, onwards to Spaceport America
City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub
Boozed-up ancients drank beer before tearing corpses apart
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.