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It does take the economic advantage of failing out of it.
In the Republic of Ireland they call their test the National Cat Test (NCT). It is more strict than the UK but the test is only every two years.
Most people in that area just give the car a quick visual check (lights, wipers, tyres, etc) and then submit the car for testing and see if it passes or fails. I have seen many mechanics promise their customers the car will pass but as the test is so strict there is no gaurantee.
One main advantage of their system is that there is no financial advantage should the car pass or fail so it is therefore much less likely to be open to fraud.
Currently in madnoel10's garage:
Honda Civic 1.4l