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Coronavirus: MOTs due from 30 March 2020

Your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT expiry date will be extended by 6 months if it’s due on or after 30 March 2020 - but you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.

Published 25 March 2020

From:
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Applies to:
England, Scotland, and Wales (see guidance for Northern Ireland)

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This page tells you what happens if your car, motorcycle, light van or other light vehicle MOT expiry date is on or after Monday 30 March 2020.

You need to follow different rules if your MOT expiry date was on or before Sunday 29 March 2020.

There are different rules for MOT tests for lorries, buses and trailers.

What you need to do

Your car, motorcycle, light van or other light vehicle’s MOT expiry date will be automatically extended by 6 months if it’s due on or after Monday 30 March 2020.

This means that your vehicle will still have a valid MOT certificate for an extra 6 months.

You do not need to do anything for this to happen. However, you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.

This applies to all vehicles, including those that need their first ever MOT test.

Example
Your vehicle’s MOT was due to expire on 3 April 2020.

This will automatically be extended to 3 October 2020. You will need to get your MOT by this date.

Check your MOT expiry date has been extended

Your MOT expiry date will usually be updated on the day your MOT is due to expire. However, it might be done up to a few days before.

You can check your MOT history to see when your MOT expiry date has been extended. Keep checking back if your new expiry date is not showing yet.

You will not get a paper certificate to show your new MOT expiry date.

If your vehicle tax is due
You can tax your vehicle as soon as your MOT expiry date has been updated.

Keep your vehicle safe to drive

You must make sure your vehicle is safe to drive (‘roadworthy’). It can be unsafe even if your MOT expiry date has been extended.

Find out how to check your vehicle is safe and read the rules about vehicle maintenance, safety and security.

You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.

You should still take your vehicle to be repaired at the nearest open garage. The government is allowing them to remain open.

Published 25 March 2020


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Under the VOSA requirements an MOT test will check the following components before issuing an MOT certificate:

  • Vehicle ID Number
  • Registration Plate
  • Lights
  • Steering & Suspension
  • Wipers and washer bottle
  • Windscreen
  • Horn
  • Seatbelts
  • Seats
  • Fuel System
  • Emissions
  • Bodywork
  • Doors
  • Mirrors
  • Wheels & Tyres
  • Brakes

You can book an MOT up to 28 days in advance of its due date. In fact it is not widely known that the expiry date on your new MOT is 12 months from the expiry of your old one. This means you could have an MOT that lasts 13 months, so call use today to book your car in for your annual MOT test on 01744 730777.

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