Drivers who have an MOT due from next Monday 30th March onwards will be given a six month extension on their current MOT due to the coronavirus pandemic, the UK government has announced.
The MOT is a standard test of a vehicle’s safety to drive on the roads. Your MOT certificate has to be valid in order to legally drive a vehicle, be it a car, motorcycle or van.
Drivers had been concerned about needing to update their MOTs in the midst of the current crisis as access to the test was becoming difficult.
The government has now announced that if you have a test due from March 30th until September 30th, you won’t need to get a test.
Instead, you will automatically be granted a six-month extension on your current MOT.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “We must ensure those on the front line of helping the nation combat Covid-19 are able to do so.
“Allowing this temporary exemption from vehicle testing will enable vital services such as deliveries to continue, front-line workers to get to work, and people to get essential food and medicine.
“Safety is key, which is why garages will remain open for essential repair work.”
Garages remain open for repairs throughout the pandemic.
This extension only applies to MOTs that expire before or after this Monday, so if it runs out in the time between then and now, you will need to get your vehicle tested as usual.
If your MOT does run out and you are unable to reach a MOT centre or garage to take the test, you will have to make a Statutory Off Road Notification.
If you have a MOT due before Monday but are self-isolating, then you will need to contact the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and explain the situation on 0300 123 9000.
The Department for Transport has said it is “working with insurers and the price to ensure people are not unfairly penalised for things out of their control.”
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