Six month MOT extension during coronavirus

Six month MOT extension during coronavirus

Car drivers are to be granted a six-month exemption from MOT testing because of coronavirus.

The following information applies for drivers whose MOT is due to happen after 30 March 2020.

For example, if your MOT expires on 12 April you can get this date extended to 15 October 2020 and so on.

This is particularly helpful for key workers relying on getting to their places of employment and to the shops to buy essential provisions without having to worry about meeting MOT deadlines.

How To Extend Your MOT

First of all you MUST run a safe car during this extension period – coronavirus is no excuse for running a dangerous one so where in doubt and for your peace of mind, go to your FOXY Lady Approved GARAGE as normal for your MOT and car servicing.

But assuming that you’re on top of car maintenance and are confident that your car remains safe (particullarly re your tyres and brakes) then your car’s MOT expiry date will be automatically extended by 6 months (if it’s due on or after Monday 30 March 2020).

Once this is done you can apply for your VED online as usual.

Here’s what the Department for Transport says:

“All cars, vans and motorcycles which usually would require an MOT test will be exempted from needing a test from 30 March 2020.

“Vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition, and garages will remain open for essential repair work. Drivers can be prosecuted if driving unsafe vehicles.”

The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said legislation to allow the change will have immediate effect, lasting for 12 months.


To find out more about your car’s MOT extention – visit the Government website for the latest update re MOT tests.

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