Roads Minister Baroness Vere has announced that mandatory MOT testing will be reintroduced from 1 August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, drivers were granted a six-month exemption from MOT testing in March to help slow the spread of the virus. However, as restrictions are 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.
Drivers with an MOT due date before 1 August will still receive a six-month exemption from testing, however all vehicles must continue to be properly maintained and kept in a roadworthy condition. People will also be able to voluntarily get their MOT sooner should they wish, even if they are exempt from the legal requirement. Motorists are being reminded that they can still be prosecuted for driving an unsafe vehicle.
Roads Minister, Baroness Vere, explained: “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.”
Only some garages remained open to conduct essential services during the coronavirus outbreak, but now over 90% are said to be open across the country. Testing capacity has already reached 70% of normal levels and is steadily increasing.
If drivers are vulnerable or self-isolating they should contact their local garage as many are offering pick-up and drop-off services, so drivers can get their car checked without having to visit a garage.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has also issued guidance to all MOT testers about safely conducting tests in line with the latest government advice.