Illegal tyres and faulty brakes

I would like to know the percentage of road traffic accidents that had illegal tyres and/or faulty brakes. Surely there should be safety checks on all cars over 5 years old , checking tyres, brakes and headlights.

When driving at night I am constantly blinded by drivers who have faulty headlights - one on full beam and other not working, both on dipped headlights that are to high so is equivalent to full beam.

Why the contribution is important

All cars should be road worthy, many are not

by Liz on April 13, 2018 at 09:42AM

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  • Posted by Superpapa April 13, 2018 at 10:43

    Why not bring in annual MOT checks as compulsory for all vehicles, surely this would reduce faulty vehicles on the road.
  • Posted by Liz April 13, 2018 at 14:12

    I suggested this on the MOT comment but there was a lot of negative feedback so thought l'd write a separate suggestion regarding the most important issues brakes, tyres and headlights
  • Posted by Marc April 13, 2018 at 14:20

    Totally agree - a yearly check should be complusory
  • Posted by TarrooUshtey April 13, 2018 at 14:20

    I've not seen any IoM-specific statistics, but statistics from the UK and Europe indicate mechanical defects as a contributory factor in only a very small proportion of accidents; typically less than 5%. Almost all accidents are down to driver error / behaviour. That's where we need to focus, albeit the move to autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles should significantly reduce risks of driver error anyway.
  • Posted by Liz April 13, 2018 at 14:47

    I'm sure driver error is mostly to blame but in the UK they have MOT's so one would assume that their tyres and brakes are road worthy. In the IOM this isn't the case
  • Posted by TarrooUshtey April 13, 2018 at 15:10

    Possibly, although of course the UK MOT doesn't prove current road-worthiness, just that a vehicle was roadworthy up to a year ago. I'd also be interested to see some IoM statistics, but I'd be very surprised if they suggested that car MOTs might have any significant impact on accident rates.
  • Posted by owjmjwj April 30, 2018 at 04:38

    The police and/or vehicle inspectors need to do more road side inspections, pulling over vehicles with defective lights.
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