Whenever an MOT tester decides a vehicle should fail the MOT test, there is an option to declare that one or more of the defects discovered render the vehicle ‘dangerous to drive’
For the year ending 31st March 2010, there were some 816,839 vehicles listed with this ‘D-box’ entry, with, altogether about 1.2 million defects considered dangerous by MOT Testers. Generally these vehicles are either left for repair, or the owner has the vehicle scrapped. This means that as the result of the MOT test, every day over that year, 2,238 vehicles were declared by MOT Testers to be dangerous to drive on the road, having altogether 3,287 associated dangerous defects. Quite a thought.