The Government has announced that if your vehicle (car, van or motorcycle) is due an MOT on or after 30th March 2020, the due date will now be extended by six months. These measures have been put in place to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
The extension will be applied automatically and you do not need to do anything, however drivers must still ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy and safe to drive, keeping them and other road users as safe as possible. Not doing so can lead to prosecution.
The Government is allowing garages to remain open during this time to service vehicles which need essential repair work only. You can still get an MOT if you need your vehicle to travel to work (only when this absolutely cannot be done at home), to shop for essentials, for any medical need and to provide care for a vulnerable person.
If your vehicle’s first MOT is due, the six-month extension will be applied automatically.
You can check your MOT history on the Government website here, to see when your new MOT date will be. Please note that it may not be updated straight away so keep checking back.
This new legislation will come into immediate effect for 12 months from 30th March 2020. Drivers who have MOTs booked before this date will still need to have their vehicle tested as usual. If drivers are unable to attend because they are self-isolating, the Department for Transport, insurers and the police are working together to ensure no one is penalised unfairly.
Find out more about the MOT extension here.