MOT’s Extended By 6 Months


30 March 2020

By Roger Brice

Vehicles due an MOT test on or after 30 March will automatically be granted six-month extensions in order to limit visits to testing centres during the coronavirus epidemic, the Department of Transport (DfT) has announced.

The Government have published guidance that states that from 30 March 2020, MOT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans will be extended by 6 months. Your vehicle will be automatically given a 6-month MOT exemption. This will extend your current MOT expiry date by 6 months.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “We must ensure those on the frontline of helping the nation combat Covid-19 are able to do so. Allowing this temporary exemption from vehicle testing will enable vital services such as deliveries to continue, frontline workers to get to work, and people to get essential food and medicine."

"Safety is key, which is why garages will remain open for essential repair work.

Vehicles will be given the 6 month extension automatically so there is no need for any action by vehicle owners, other than to maintain their vehicles in a safe condition. 

Drivers are still allowed to use their vehicles for essential travel during the lockdown, including to buy groceries and medical supplies and to travel to essential work.

For more information…

If you have been cautioned by the police for a motoring offence in Essex or have received a summons to appear in court, please visit our Motoring Law page on site for guidance on what your next steps might be.

This is not legal advice; it is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues.