Do not get caught out as the Government once again change the rules on MOT tests. If your MOT is overdue, Try and book it asap. Mandatory MOTs are to be reintroduced from 1 August, cutting short the six-month test exemption introduced on 30 March in response to the coronavirus lockdown, it has been confirmed
This week, roads minister Baroness Vere announced that MOT tests will be mandatory in England, Wales and Scotlands from the beginning of August. This has changed from the initial ruling at the start of the UK Coronavirus Lockdown that MOT Tests were given temporary six month extension.
She 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 1 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."
The change means that cars, vans and motorcycles with an MOT due between March 30, 2020 and July 31, 2020 will still be extended for six months but can get them done sooner. However now that restrictions have eased, all drivers whose car, motorcycle or van is due for an MOT test from 1 August will be required to get a test certificate to continue driving their vehicle.
Responding to the announcement, Edmund King, AA president, said: 'It makes sense to reintroduce MOT testing from 1 August 2020 now that Covid-19 restrictions are being lifted and all garages and dealerships are open.
'Car traffic is on the increase already and will grow as more drivers return to the road with the re-opening of hospitality and travel with their families for 'staycation' holidays.
'The extension was a pragmatic move to help drivers in self isolation but as services resume we agree that reintroducing the MOT with good advance notice will help drivers and make our roads safer.'