Figures from the DVLA have revealed cars from Caerphilly in South Wales are most unlikely to be roadworthy.
Figures released by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency suggest the area of Caerphilly is home to the highest number of unsafe vehicles in the UK. It found 14 out of every 10,000 people from the South Wales county had been issued penalty points for having a badly maintained car in 2013 ─ nearly five times the national average of 2.91.
Reasons for the points being handed out included dodgy brakes, driving with an unsafe load, illegal tyres and defective steering. Durham in North East England came in second place with 13.12 offences per 10,000 people, ahead of third place Wrexham of North Wales with 10.1 offences.
Warwickshire was found to be home to the best maintained cars. Warkwickshire saw only 1.01 offences per 10,000 drivers, narrowly beating Eilean Siar of the Western Isles in Scotland’s offence ratio of 1.08. Somerset ended up with a score of 1.1.
Greater London had the highest number of offences of all places in the UK, but its large population meant it averaged out at sixth place in the worst-offenders list below Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland.
Difficult financial times are said to be partly to blame. “The fact is badly maintained cars are a symptom of the recession, wherever people get short of money, car maintenance takes second place,” an AA spokesman commented.
“From a road safety angle, you increase the chance of avoiding an accident if your car is roadworthy. If you are involved in a serious accident where someone is killed or maimed, the condition of your car will be taken into account.”
Defective tyres were the number one offender, with nearly 12,000 offences committed in 2013 alone.
“Defective brakes, lights and tyres will not be tolerated,” a spokesperson for the Association of Chief Police Officers commented.
Research by Accident Exchange from back in March 2013 claimed there were more than one million motorists driving around in crash damaged vehicles.