Since its introduction in 1960 the MOT, was a basic inspection to asses a vehicles roadworthiness. Later emissions were included, but over the years other items that do not affect a vehicles roadworthiness have been added, number plates, windscreen, speedo etc etc. Before someone bleats on, these items do not constitute a dangerous vehicle. I am prepared to drive any car with a broken number plate. Vehicle defect accidents only amount to 2.8%, the most common cause of any accident is driver error. Would money be better spent on driver training or retraining?