MOT Extension Update - 25th March 2020

The Government has today confirmed that from 30 March 2020, MOT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans will be extended by 6 months. This is being done to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

If your vehicle's MOT is due before 29th March 2020, you must follow separate guidance - please follow the link below for the Government guidance.

If your first MOT was due before 30 March 2020 and your vehicle did not pass your vehicle will not get an extension to its MOT due date. Your vehicle will need to pass an MOT before you can drive it again.

The government is allowing MOT centres and garages to remain open. So you can still get an MOT if you need your vehicle for the following reasons:

  • To shop for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • For any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • To travel to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

If you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus

If your MOT runs out while you’re staying at home because you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus (self-isolation), you should book an MOT test after your period of self-isolation is over.

The Department for Transport (DfT) is working with insurers and the police to make sure you are not unfairly penalised for not being able to get an MOT.

MOT required before 29th March 2020

The MOT Extension will ensure that vehicles can continue to be used to travel to work where this absolutely cannot be done from home, or shop for necessities as required.

All cars, vans and motorcycles which usually would require an MOT test will be exempted from needing a test from 30 March. For this to be valid;

  • The vehicle must have a current MOT certificate
  • Vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition. Garages will remain open for essential repair work. Drivers can be prosecuted if driving unsafe vehicles.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said:

“We must ensure those on the frontline of helping the nation combat COVID-19 are able to do so. 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."

Government MOT Extension Info