Is a difficult to close tailgate an MoT failure?

The tailgate on my MG ZR opens but sometimes is hard to close as one hinge is out of alignment due to wear and some corrosion where it bolts on to the car body. Would this be an MoT failure when due, because the tester might have a problem shutting the tailgate? All other components on the tailgate work fine.

Asked on 9 June 2023 by MICHAEL DENNIS BRANCH

Answered by David Ross
One of the MoT criteria is that load space doors must be able to be secured in the closed position. Failure to meet this criteria is listed as a major defect. Even if it's hard to close, as long as the tailgate locks in place, this won't be an MoT failure.
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