MOT extension for Cars & Motorcycles

Motorists worried about getting an MOT because of the coronavirus crisis, have been handed a six-month reprieve.

Vehicle owners in Britain will be granted a six-month exemption from MOT testing, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced, aiming to help relieve the pressure on the public amid the coronavirus crisis.

This will be effective from Monday 30 March - if your MOT is due before then, please see here.

You do not need to do anything to extend your vehicle’s MOT expiry date, if it’s on or after 30 March 2020. However, you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.

Your vehicle will be automatically given a 6-month MOT exemption. This will extend your current MOT expiry date by 6 months.

In normal circumstances, vehicles must have an MOT on the third anniversary of their registration, and then every 12 months if they are more than three years old.

A number of vehicle parts are checked to ensure they meet legal standards, such as lights, seatbelts, tyres and brakes.

Motorists can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT in Britain.

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For further information - visit www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-mots-for-cars-vans-and-motorcycles-due-from-30-march-2020