Government Announced MOT Extension to End on 1 August
In a latest announcement, the government has confirmed the reintroduction of mandatory MOT testing from 1 August 2020. This comes as the lockdown restrictions are eased and road traffic starts to rise.
During the lockdown, motorists had been given a six month extension to their vehicle’s MOT certificate. The aim has been to free up garages so they are available for repair work required on key workers’ vehicles. However, as lockdown eases and more people are beginning to return to work, more vehicles can be seen on our roads.
From 1 August, the MOT extension will now come to an end. This applies to motorists with an MOT set to expire on or after 1 August 2020. In this case, you must book an MOT as usual. Meanwhile cars, vans and motorbikes due between 30 March and 31 July remain eligible for the six month break (as long as these vehicles are kept in a road worthy condition). If eligible, your vehicle’s MOT expiry date will be automatically extended by 6 months. As recommended, approximately three days before your MOT was originally due to expire, check the expiry date has been extended.
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As always, motorists who decide to drive an unsafe vehicle, are at risk of being prosecuted for this. This can result in a fine of up to £2,500, a driving ban and 3 penalty points on your license.
The majority of garages are now open so there shouldn’t be an issue with booking an MOT. People who need to self-isolate due to coronavirus symptoms or have been advised to shield, should not take their vehicle for its MOT. Alternative arrangements are available at some garages, such as collect and return services if you’re shielding. If you require more advice about this, visit the www.gov.uk website for more information or contact your local garage.