6-month MOT exemptions ending on 1 August

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

The annoucement comes after the Department for Transport announced a 6 month extension for some vehicle in March 2020 as the coronavirus lockdown commenced.

In a statment released today (29th June 2020), the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (VOSA) said:

“Many garages stayed open and drivers continued to get their vehicles tested despite the exemption. 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.”

VOSA also said that garages should “remind customers to beat the rush” and “invite customers with vehicles due an MOT from 1 August to book and secure a test slot“.

An MOT can be conducted while maintaining social distancing whilst following the government guidance about working safely during the coronavirus pandemic.