All MOT testing suspended
We’ve seen a lot of social media posts with people concerned that their MOT has or is expiring on their car during the current Corona Virus pandemic and subsequent lockdown.
Therefore here’s the current advice on MOT testing during the coronavirus lockdown.
The Government confirmed today that if the expiry date of your car, motorcycle or van’s MOT is now due this month you will automatically be given a six month extension.
This means that if a vehicle’s MOT was due to expire on the 30th of March, for example, it will now expire on 30th September
You still have to keep your car in a roadworthy condition and garages will remain open for those needing necessary repairs.
My MOT was due before 30 March but my vehicle didn’t pass
If your first MOT was due before 30 March 2020 and your vehicle did not pass, your vehicle will not get an extension to its MOT due date.
Your vehicle will need to pass an MOT before you can drive it again. The government is allowing MOT centres and garages to remain open. So you can still get an MOT if you need your vehicle.
What if you can’t get an MOT because you’re self-isolating?
If you cannot get an MOT that’s due because you’re in self-isolation, the Department for Transport says it’s working with insurers and the police to ensure people are not unfairly penalised for things out of their control.
What does the Government say?
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “We must ensure those on the frontline 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, frontline 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.”
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More information from the government on covid-19 provisions here.