After granting drivers a six-month extension to their MOT certificates in March, during the coronavirus lockdown, the UK government has announced that mandatory MOT testing will be reintroduced from 1 August 2020. As lockdown measures continue to be relaxed, an increasing number of drivers are returning to the roads, prompting roads minister Baroness Vere of Norbiton to bring the cut-off date for mandatory tests forward from 30 September.
Who will be affected by the change to the MOT exemption?
If you’re a vehicle owner in England, Scotland or Wales, and the MOT for your car, motorcycle or van expires on or after 1 August 2020, you will be affected. Your certificate will not be extended and you’ll need to book an MOT test as you would have done before lockdown. If your MOT was or is due between 30 March and 31 July 2020, you will still be granted the full six-month extension. So if, for example, your MOT is due on 30 July 2020, you won’t need an MOT check until 30 January 2021. This applies to both MOT renewals and vehicles due their first MOT test in this period. If your MOT expiry date was on or before 29 March 2020, you’re expected to book an MOT as usual. If you’re eligible for the extension, you can still book an MOT check sooner if you wish. The government says that now more than 90% of garages are open across the country, but there is likely to be a surge in test bookings and you may face delays. So the government is encouraging drivers to book a test in advance.
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