Rules around getting an MOT in the age of coronavirus are about to change, with life returning to normal up and down the UK. The Government changed the legislation surrounding when vehicles need to go for their yearly check-up.
Car garages were allowed to reopen in England on June 1 after being closed in line with Government lockdown rules on March 23.
Many remained open throughout the lockdown for essential services on vehicles belonging to key workers and NHS staff.
More than 90 percent of garages are now open across the country following the easing of lockdown restrictions, with capacity already reaching 70 percent of normal levels.
Every car in the UK is required to have an MOT each year if it is more than three years old.
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Due to garages being closed, the Government extended the deadline for those with vehicles due an MOT.
If your vehicle was due an MOT during the coronavirus lockdown, the Government has extended the period in which you can get an MOT done by six months.
But this is all due to change on August 1, when the Government reintroduces the normal arrangements for getting an MOT done.
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Mandatory MOTs are to be reintroduced from August 1, cutting short the six-month test exemption introduced on March 30 in response to the coronavirus lockdown.
Roads minister Baroness Vere announced the changes earlier this month.
She said: “As people return to our roads, it is vital that motorists are able to keep their vehicles safe.
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“That’s why as restrictions are eased, from August 1 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.”
If your vehicle is due an MOT on or after August 1, you must get it done before the deadline for that particular vehicle.
This means if your vehicle was due an MOT between March 30 and August 1, the six-month extension still applies to you.
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For example, if your car’s MOT was due to expire on May 3, 2020, it will automatically be extended to November 3, 2020, meaning you will need to get your MOT done by this date.
The original extension has been shortened as life returns slowly to normal throughout the UK, and the number of motorists on the road returns to pre-pandemic levels.
With the test exemption in place, MOT volumes fell from 7.2 million in April and May a year ago to just 2.2 million in the same months of 2020 – a decline of 70 percent.
According to the MailOnline, and with one in three cars failing their MOT on average, it means there could be 1.6 million cars being driven which would have been deemed unroadworthy if tested over the previous two months.
With many drivers also likely taking advantage of the extension in June, garages have been given the green light to clear some of the backlog of tests the exemption is likely to cause from September.
More than 90 percent of garages are open across the country, with testing capacity already at 70 percent of normal levels, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency confirmed.
Vehicle owners who are eligible for the extension can voluntarily get their MOT sooner should they wish, even if they are exempt from the legal requirement.
You can check when your vehicle is due for an MOT using the free Government service by clicking here.