That is, the owner of one of the cars that tend to fail their first MOT.
The findings of a BBC FOI request which took 18 months to obtain "lists every car and small van tested in 2007." Various denials and opinions on why these figures are unreliable can be found at click here
I tend to think that the ever increasing intervals between servicing could be a factor, as owners may well be leaving developing minor faults until service time.
On the other hand, it could well be that the standard of servicing at some outlets has dropped considerably, and things that should have been picked up on and rectified at the time, go unnoticed.
It could also be said that some owners are simply failing to keep their vehicles in a good and serviceable condition, and then complain bitterly at the eventual cost of putting things right.
I tend to think it is down to the amount of the particular model sold. I would say Megane's, 307's, Focus's and Astras are probably within the top six of all cars sold over the last ten years, so there will be more failures due to the amount of them on the road. Saying that, I own a Magane Scenic 03 reg and it has not passed an MOT at the first attempt in the three years I have owned it. It's not driven hard and is serviced well within the manufacturers requirement, it's just a crap car I can vouch for that.