sbiddle: It's interesting looking at the MTA stats on WOF failures. The most significant causes are lights, tyres and glazing/wipers

Where does personal responsibility come into this for people to ensure they have a roadworthy car with working headlights, tyres with tread and windscreen wipers that work?

Maybe we are looking at this the wrong way round. Maybe the whole reason people don't check these sort of things themselves is because we have WOFs so often. People don't check brakes, tyres etc because it is easier to just let it fail it's WOF and fix the problem then. If we had WOFs less often maybe people would take more responsibility for these things.

Yeah, sure they will - in a generations time.