June 29th, 2020.

Mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced from the 1st of August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, drivers were granted a six-month exemption from MOT testing in March to help slow the spread of the virus. However, as restrictions are eased, and when safe to do so, all drivers whose car, motorcycle or van is due for an MOT test from the 1st of August will be required to get a test certificate to continue driving their vehicle.

Drivers with an MOT due date before the 1st of August will still receive a six-month exemption from testing. However, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has stressed that all vehicles must continue to be properly maintained and kept in a roadworthy condition, and people are able to voluntarily get their MOT sooner should they wish, even if they are exempt from the legal requirement. Motorists can be prosecuted for driving an unsafe vehicle.

Roads Minister Baroness Vere said; “As people return to our roads, it is vital that motorists are able to keep their vehicles safe. That’s why as restrictions are eased, MOT testing will again become mandatory.

“Garages across the country are open and I urge drivers who are due for their MOT to book a test as soon they can.”

Over 90 per cent of garages are now open. Testing capacity has already reached 70 per cent of normal levels and is steadily increasing.

If drivers are vulnerable or self-isolating they should contact their local garage as many are offering pick-up and drop-off services, so drivers can get their car checked without having to visit a garage.

The DVSA has also issued guidance to all MOT testers about safely conducting tests in line with the latest government advice.
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