DVSA have today (25 March 2020) announced that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, from 30 March 2020 MOT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans will be extended by six months.
If your vehicle’s MOT expiry date is on or after 30 March, you do not need to do anything, your current MOT expiry date will automatically be extended by six months.
You will not be issued with an MOT exemption certificate, however you can check your vehicle’s MOT history to see when you have been issued an exemption.
If your MOT has expired on or after 30 March 2020 and its expiry date has not been extended, you will need to email DVSA (email@example.com) including:
If your vehicle tax is also due, you will be able to tax your vehicle as soon as your MOT due date has been updated.
What if my MOT is due on or before 29 March?
If your MOT is due on or before 29 March 2020 you can still take your vehicle for an MOT test as garages and MOT test centres are allowed to remain open.
If however, your vehicle is due for MOT on or before 29 March 2020, but you are self-isolating and therefore unable to attend, you should book an MOT test for after your period of isolation.
If you fall into the vulnerable category, you must not take your car for MOT. The Department for Transport is currently working alongside insurers and the police to ensure you will not be unfairly penalised for being unable to attend an MOT.
What if my MOT was due before 30 March and my vehicle did not pass?
If your vehicle was due for MOT before 30 March but did not pass, the vehicle will not be given an extension on its MOT due date.
The vehicle will have to pass an MOT test before it can be driven.
Even if your vehicle’s MOT expiry date has been extended, you must make sure that your vehicle is in a safe and roadworthy condition. You can be fined up to £2,500 and be banned from driving if you are found to be driving a vehicle which is in a dangerous condition.
Contact the Regulatory team on 01254 828300 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.