DVSA announces MOT extensions due to Coronavirus

Published:  25 March, 2020

From Monday (30 March), DVSA has announced that MOT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans will be extended by six months, in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Drivers will still be able to have MOTs performed if they wish, and MOT testing stations are not being closed. Vehicles are being automatically given a six-month MOT exemption. This will extend current MOT expiry dates by six months.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Allowing this temporary exemption from vehicle testing will enable vital services such as deliveries to continue, frontline workers to get to work, and people get essential food and medicine. Safety is key, which is why garages will remain open for essential repair work.”

The move does not mean that the MOT system is being put into cold storage, as GEA Chief Executive Julian Woods explained: “Garages and MOT stations are still listed as essential workplaces and people can still obtain a MOT during this period if required. The plan is to reduce the requirement on MOT testing during the Covid 19 pandemic due to reduced number of MOT testers that are in self-isolation.”

Vehicle owners will be able to check their MOT history online via www.gov.uk/check-mot-history  to see when they have been issued an exemption. It will not be updated straight away, but once the new due date is showing, owners can tax their vehicles if required.

Paper exemption certificates will not be issued.

During this period, drivers are still expected to keep their vehicles roadworthy, and face a £2,500 fine and three penalty points if the vehicle is unsafe. Government advice points out that owners can still take their vehicle to be repaired at the nearest open garage. The fact that government is allowing garages to remain open is also being reiterated. Legislation will be introduced on 30 March and will come into immediate effect for 12 months, Drivers will still need to get their vehicle tested until the new regulations come into place. For more information go to www.gov.uk/government/organisations/driver-and-vehicle-standards-agency

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