MOT testing to be reintroduced from August

MOT testing to be reintroduced

Mandatory MOT testing will be reintroduced for drivers in England, Scotland and Wales from 1st August as lockdown measures ease.

The Government granted a six-month extension on MOTs from the end of March to help slow the spread of Coronavirus. 

But on 1st August the holiday period will come to an end, meaning all motorists will need a valid MOT certificate to remain legal on the roads.

Mandatory MOTs

Cars, vans and motorbikes with an MOT expiring after 1st August will not be granted an extension, the government has said. 

The announcement comes as part of government plans to ease lockdown restrictions as the country returns to work.

Vehicle owners with an MOT due date before August are still eligible for the six-month exemption but can take in their vehicle for voluntary testing if they wish.

Roads Minister, Baroness Vere, said: “As people return to our roads, it is vital that motorists are able to keep their vehicles safe. That’s why as restrictions are eased, from 1st August MOT testing will again become mandatory.

“Garages across the country are open and I urge drivers who are due for their MOT to book a test as soon they can.”

Roadworthy condition

Ministers have warned that despite the extension policy, all vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition.

Drivers can still be prosecuted if they’re caught driving a vehicle that’s unsafe, risking fines of up to £2,500 and three penalty points.

The Department for Transport (DfT) is prompting drivers to take their cars to be checked over by a professional if they notice something is wrong.

For drivers who are vulnerable or self-isolating, some garages offer pick-up and drop-off services, so motorists can have their cars checked without leaving their homes.

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