Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced from 1 August


Just a reminder that mandatory MOT testing for your vehicle is being reintroduced as of 1 August 2020.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, drivers were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing back in March to help slow the spread of the virus. However, as restrictions are eased, all those whose  car, motorcycle/scooter or van is due for an MOT test from 1 August will be required to get a test certificate to continue driving their vehicle. This applies to owners in England, Scotland and Wales. 

Drivers with an MOT due date BEFORE 1 August will still receive a 6-month exemption from testing. However, all vehicles must continue to be properly maintained and kept in a roadworthy condition, and people are able to voluntarily get their MOT sooner should you wish, even if they are exempt from the legal requirement.
Remember folks, you can be prosecuted for driving an unsafe vehicle so keep an eye on things like tyre tread, lights, brakes, steering, suspension etc, and if you notice something is wrong take your vehicle in for a checkover, whether it needs a MOT or not.

Following the announcement roads Minister Baroness Vere said: “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.”

Apparently now over 90% of garages are open across the country and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) tells is that testing capacity has already reached 70% of normal levels and is steadily increasing.
They added that if drivers are vulnerable or self-isolating they should contact their local garage as many are offering pick-up and drop-off services, so drivers can get their car checked without having to visit a garage.

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