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Car and Van MOT’s suspended for 6 months

Car and Van MOT’s suspended for 6 months


With the government announcing strict social distancing measures, many routine activities have been subject to change.

Update- 29/06/2020: 6-month MOT exemptions will be ending on 1 August

The Department for Transport announced that the 6-month MOT exemption for cars, vans and motorcycles introduced during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, will end on 1 August.

As non-essential services start to re-open in line with government guidance, and more vehicles are back on the roads, having an up-to-date MOT will help to keep vehicles safe to drive.
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With the government announcing strict social distancing measures, many routine activities have been subject to change. 

Car maintenance has not escaped that, and with almost 17 million MOT tests conducted between April and September 2019, a lack of action may have left millions of drivers unable to use their vehicles for essential living.  

Because of that, the Driving Vehicle and Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced a 6 month extension on MOTs for all cars, motorbikes and vans, starting from Monday 30th March.

As long as your MOT was due on or after 30th March, your MOT will not expire for another half a year.

So an MOT that was due on 15th April 2020 will now be due on the 15th October 2020.

You can still tax your vehicle without having to get a new MOT if your tax runs out in that 6 month window.

How do I tax my car if my MOT has expired?

Even though MOT due dates have been extended you will still need to pay car tax (VED). Your MOT due date should have been automatically extended. Visit the Gov.uk website to check your MOT date. If this hasn't successfully been extended, you will need to email covid19mot@dvsa.gov.uk. Once the vehicle record has been updated, you will be able to buy car tax online in the usual way.

With most garages temporarily closed, except a handful that remain open for key workers (including Volkswagen Van Centres at Birmingham and Liverpool), this provides a breath of fresh air for beleaguered drivers and welcome respite and peace of mind, safe in the knowledge that you can still drive your motor of choice; even after a sustained period of inactivity.

If your MOT was due before 30th March, you will still need to get one before you can drive around normally.  The only exception is that you are allowed to drive your vehicle to a garage for a repair or for a booked MOT test.

Remember that your vehicle must always remain roadworthy, so if your tyres wear too much or you have another dangerous defect, you can still face a fine of up to £2500 and 3 penalty points on your licence.

Making sure your car is serviced as close to its schedule as possible will help to minimise these risks.

We will keep a close eye on this for you and update the blog and this article if circumstances change, but (following the guidance for social distancing), we wish the best of health for you and your car or van in the meantime!


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