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Mandatory roadworthiness tests to be reintroduced as travel restrictions are eased and traffic levels rise
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31 July 2020

The government will reintroduce mandatory MOT testing from tomorrow (1 August) in line with gradually easing lockdown restrictions and rising traffic levels.

Drivers had been given a six-month extension of their vehicle’s MOT certificate to discourage non-essential travel and free up garages for repair work to essential workers’ vehicles. The scheme was set to run until March 2021 but will now end this weekend.

From tomorrow onwards, drivers must have their car’s roadworthiness tested within a year of their last test. Irrespective of whether the extension applies, penalties still apply to vehicles found to be in an unsafe condition.

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Figures from the Department for Transport (DfT) show that the UK’s service sector has ramped up as restrictions on travel have eased. As of 29 June, more than 90% of UK garages were operating and testing capacity was already at 70% of normal levels. 

Baroness Vere, roads minister, said last month: "As people return to our roads, it is vital that motorists are able to keep their vehicles safe. That’s why as restrictions are eased, from 1 August MOT testing will again become mandatory.

“Garages across the country are open and I urge drivers who are due for their MOT to book a test as soon they can.”

Any vulnerable or self-isolation drivers are advised to contact their local garage, as many are offering vehicle collection and drop-off services to aid social distancing. 

The majority of UK garages are conducting MOT tests, and drivers have been able to have their car tested voluntarily throughout the lockdown. Any MOT certificate issued after the original date of expiry will only be valid until that date the following year. 

Stuart James, chief executive of the Independent Garages Association - which has campaigned for the government to lift the extenstion - welcomed the announcement but expressed concern about the safety of many cars on UK roads following the extension of the scheme throughout July. "This is a welcome retraction of a policy doubtless designed to provide relief to motorists", he said. "However, this additional month will allow at least 1 million unroadworthy cars to remain on the road for an additional six months, as well as the 1.6 million dangerous vehicles that have already had their MOT extended.

“With road traffic increasing, people being encouraged to use their cars rather than public transport, and further lockdown measures easing on 4 July, we believe this additional month will leave a number of motorists with an accumulation of faults and repair costs when they are least able to afford them. Even though this scheme has only been in place for four months, it has detrimented the roadworthiness of many cars, taken away the bread and butter of the independent garage sector and left a great number of consumers confused."

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xxxx 31 July 2020

Emm

For the people finding it confusing it's probably best you stay off the road altogether.  Go on the excellent GOV website and input your car reg, simples

The Apprentice 31 July 2020

xxxx wrote:

xxxx wrote:

For the people finding it confusing it's probably best you stay off the road altogether.  Go on the excellent GOV website and input your car reg, simples

That is quite handy actually.

scotty5 29 June 2020

Confusion. Can Autocar explain?

Autocar writes Any MOT certificate issued after the original date of expiry will only be valid until that date the following year.

Until what date? If the original date of expiry was March 2020 and that was extended to Sept 2020 then is Autocar saying the certificate issued will only be to March 2021?

I cannot find any information on the government website to what happens but several other publications have said the extension effectively means an 18 month MOT, that's to say the certificate will be issued for Sept 2021.

It's all very confusing.

Soren Lorenson 30 June 2020

It's not confusing at all!

You're existing MOT is extended for 6 months and your new MOT will last a full year as normal.

My car had an MOT that expired on 15th April.  This has been extended to 15th October.  When I get the car MOT'd, say on 1st October 2020 the certificate will last to 30th September 2021.

Symanski 30 June 2020

Plus grace.

Soren Lorenson wrote:

You're existing MOT is extended for 6 months and your new MOT will last a full year as normal.

My car had an MOT that expired on 15th April.  This has been extended to 15th October.  When I get the car MOT'd, say on 1st October 2020 the certificate will last to 30th September 2021.

I believe you're allowed to get your MOT done up to a month before expiry and keep the existing anniversary. Therefore if, using your example, you got your MOT on the 1th Oct 2020 your expiry would be the 15th Oct 2021.

 

scotty5 30 June 2020

My point exactly Soren

Soren Lorenson wrote:

You're existing MOT is extended for 6 months and your new MOT will last a full year as normal.

My car had an MOT that expired on 15th April.  This has been extended to 15th October.  When I get the car MOT'd, say on 1st October 2020 the certificate will last to 30th September 2021.

You say it's no confusing at all but you yourself disagrees with the article.

If it's a full year from the date the certificate is issued then can you explain why Autocar writes: Any MOT certificate issued after the original date of expiry will only be valid until that date the following year?

The original date of your MOT was 15th April 2020

The extended date of your MOT is 15th October 2020

So if you apply what Autocar writes then The MOT certificate issued after 15th April will only be valid until 15th April 2021.

I have a sneaky suspicion Autocar may have it wrong, but cannot say for sure because I can find no clarification on the government websites. In otherwords, confusing as hell.

typos1 30 June 2020

scotty5 wrote:

scotty5 wrote:

Autocar writes Any MOT certificate issued after the original date of expiry will only be valid until that date the following year.

Until what date? If the original date of expiry was March 2020 and that was extended to Sept 2020 then is Autocar saying the certificate issued will only be to March 2021?

I cannot find any information on the government website to what happens but several other publications have said the extension effectively means an 18 month MOT, that's to say the certificate will be issued for Sept 2021.

It's all very confusing.

Yeah I had trouble with that sentence, what it acutally means when you break it down, is that if youre MOT ran out in March but due to COVID you had it tested in September the MOT will be valid until the follwoing September. Thanks for that Autocar.

typos1 30 June 2020

typos1 wrote:

typos1 wrote:

youre MOT

I meant your MOT, no one is MOT, lol.

2mmogs 29 June 2020

Mot extention

In reply to jonboy4969. 

It does state that if your mot expires before 1st August you are still eligible for the extention period! 

If after 1st August then it needs doing accordingly.