Mandatory MOTs to be reintroduced from 1 August


Mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced from 1 August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are being eased.

Drivers were granted a six-month exemption from MOT testing in March to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. However, all drivers whose car, motorcycle or van is due for an MOT test from 1 August will be required to get a test certificate to continue driving their vehicle.

Drivers with an MOT due date before 1 August will still receive a 6-month exemption from testing, but people are able to voluntarily get their MOT sooner should they wish.

Now over 90% are open across the country are open and testing capacity has already reached 70% of normal levels, the DfT says.

While exemptions are still available for vehicle owners with an MOT due date before 1 August, it is vital that drivers still take their vehicle to be checked if they notice something is wrong in the same way that they usually would.

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.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has also issued guidance to all MOT testers about safely conducting tests in line with the latest government advice.