Impact of the Coronavirus on MOTs: FAQs

My MOT is due what should I do?

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

Why have they extended MOTS expiration dates?

The use of vehicles should be limited in an effort to minimise contact and reduce the spread of COVID-19, therefore the government has decided to extend MOT due dates for a period of time.

What are the changes?

Vehicles that have MOTs due on or after the 30/3 will have their date moved 6 months forward – so those due on 30/3 will now be due on the 30/9 and so on……

How long will this continue….? The government are reviewing this constantly to manage the spread of COVID-19

How will it work?

DVSA will start moving MOT expiry dates automatically in the MOT system from 30/3. This new “due date” will appear in the MOT history service when amended, customers will be able to check this to ensure they can legally use the vehicle as a critical worker or for getting necessary shopping.

Can I still MOT my vehicle?

YES, only vehicles with a MOT on or after 30/3 can benefit from this exemption, but you may still wish to have your vehicles MOT done even if it is exempt.

The government is allowing MOT centres and garages to remain open. So, you can still get a MOT if you need your vehicle:

  • To shop for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • For any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • To travel for work purposes (but only where you cannot work from home)

I need to TAX my vehicle…?

If your vehicle tax is due, you can do so as soon as your MOT due date has been updated.

It’s my vehicles FIRST MOT…. What happens now?

Your vehicle will be automatically given a 6 month MOT exemption from the date its first MOT was due.

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