Some of the MOT Rules Amidst the Coronavirus Lockdown- 2020 Edition

by Nitin Saini

During the coronavirus lockdown, drivers were granted a six-month extension to their MOT certificates in March. Now the UK government has made an announcement regarding mandatory MOT test – it is being reintroduced from 1st August 2020. With lockdown relaxation, there has been a rise in the number of drivers returning on roads. It has prompted roads minister Baroness Vere to prepone the cut-off date from September 30th

Who Will Be Impacted By The Change In MOT Exemption?

You will face the impact if you are a resident of England, Wales, or Scotland, and the MOT Airdrie of your vehicle expires on or after August 1st, 2020. No extension will be provided to your certificate, and you’d have to book an MOT test just like you’d have done before lockdown. You will be eligible for the six-month extension if your MOT is due from 30th March to 31st July. 

For better understanding, let us take an example – 30th July is your MOT’s due date. Therefore, there is no need for an MOT check before 30th January 2022. It is applicable to both MOT renewals and vehicles getting their first MOT test in this period. But, if the due date was on or before 29th March 2020, an MOT booking is needed as usual. You can get an MOT check even if you are up for the extension. 

 According to the government survey, 90% of the country’s garages are now open. But an influx of test bookings is expected, so there may be delays. That is why drivers are advised to book a test in advance. 

You should be prepared to face a considerable backlog for MOTs during 2021. The large national providers are taking measures to even out this demand, so there might be hope. You can have an MOT test a month minus a day before it expires. You can keep the same renewal date. If your vehicle is not roadworthy, you can face prosecution; so it is advisable to get it checked out. 

Why Does My Vehicle Need A MOT Check?

MOT certificates ensure all the vehicles on the road are safe to drive. An MOT test inspects any wear and tear to the vehicle’s exhaust system, engine, and other key elements. Driving a vehicle without a valid MOT is liable for up to a £1,000 fine. If your car gets ‘dangerous’ in the MOT test, you can get a fine of up to £2500, get three points on your license, and even be banned from driving. 

If you are purchasing a used car, make sure to check the MOT status and history. Get an MOT book as quickly as possible. 

The MOT reminder service run by the Department for Transport sends free emails or texts a month before your next MOT due date.

If I’m Shielding Or I Have Coronavirus Symptoms, Do I Need To Take My Car For Its MOT? 

There are different guidances on shielding in Scotland, Wales, and England. According to the UK government, people being advised to shield shouldn’t take their vehicle out for the MOT test. The same rule applies to anyone self-isolating as they have a household member with Covid symptoms. In these cases, you can call your local garage and enquire if they have a pick-up and drop-off service. With the help of Trusted Traders, you can easily find a reputable garage near your location. 

You should not drive your vehicle after self-isolation if the validity of its MOT has finished. The only exception to this is if you are driving it to a booked test, or you are taking your vehicle to or from a garage for repairs. Your vehicle can be registered as off the road (SORN) if for some reason you can’t take it for its MOT and its tax is due to run out.

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