MOT extensions announced | Advice - Car News Mar 2020

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13:46 Thursday 26 Mar 2020

The Government has relaxed the rules surrounding MOTs in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

MOT test stations and garages are exempt from closure in order to ensure essential vehicle repairs are completed to keep vehicles, goods, and key workers mobile, but in order to reduce pressure on these the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has announced that cars, vans, and motorcycles whose MOT is due to expire on or after 30 March 2020 will automatically have their MOT extended by six months.  Drivers will still be required to keep their vehicles in a roadworthy condition and be liable for prosecution if they drive and unsafe vehicle.  The new rule will remain in force until confirmed otherwise.

For MOTs due before the 30 March, drivers are reminded not to leave their homes if they are self-isolating, in a vulnerable group, or have the symptoms of COVID-19, and are instead to rebook an MOT test for a time after the end of self-isolation.  The Department for Transport are in ongoing discussions with insurers and the police to ensure those who are unable to get their vehicle MOT’d for these reasons are not unfairly penalised.  If you are unable to renew an MOT that expires on or before 29 March 2020, or tax their vehicle, you are reminded to register the vehicle as SORN until this can be done.

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