Mandatory MOT Tests Restarting - What Do I Need to Do?

Aug 12, 2020

Mandatory MOT Tests Restarting - What Do I Need to Do?

We are sure you have already heard the news that as of 1 August, the six month MOT test exemption introduced back in March was cut short. The Government responded to the coronavirus pandemic by putting in place extensions for tests, however drivers still had to ensure their car was roadworthy or else they could have faced a hefty £1,500 fine.

Why is the MOT Extension ending?

The test was supposed to be in place until March 2021, but with lockdown restrictions being lifted the motor industry has called for the extension to be axed as people head back to work or across the country on staycations. Not only has it been axed to ensure the safety of drivers on the roads, but to help garages recover from a significant drop in business over the last few months.

Do I need to get my car MOT?

Every vehicle due an MOT between 30 March and 31 July has been granted a six-month extension period, but are under no obligation to make use of it. If you feel your car would benefit being MOT’d sooner than the new extended date, you can go ahead and do that as normal.

If your MOT is due to expire after 1 August, you will not be part of the exemption period and your original date for MOT still applies. You can check the status of your MOT by clicking here.

The good news for drivers is that around 70% of garages are reporting good daily availability for MOTs and servicing, but come October, demand is anticipated to be higher making it difficult to get booked in for a test before expiry dates.

How do I get my MOT booked?

When booking a MOT test, you must use an approved MOT test centre to get your MOT. Only centres showing a blue sign with three white triangles can carry out an MOT test. In Northern Ireland, the process of booking an MOT test is different and you must contact an MOT centre to get booked in. Find out more about MOT bookings here.

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