Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DVLA granted all drivers a 6 month extension on their MOT test. This came into effect from the 31st of March 2020.
As lockdown restrictions ease, all drivers with an MOT due from the 1st of August are being urged to book an MOT test as the 6 month extension will be stopping. Therefore, if your MOT is due on the 1st of August and don’t have a valid MOT certificate, you will be breaking the law.
Drivers who are due a MOT test due before the 1st of August will still be granted the 6 month extension. For example, if your MOT is due on 31st of July, it’ll be extended to 31st of January 2021.
Even if your vehicle is exempt, you should still take your vehicle to the garage immediately if you notice something wrong. You can still be prosecuted for driving an unsafe vehicle.
If you’re not sure when your MOT is due, you can check on the Gov.uk website using their MOT status checker.
A few garages UK-wide remained open during the outbreak to conduct essential repairs. Now, 90% of garages are open across the country.
If you’re vulnerable or self-isolating and your car needs a repair or your MOT is due, contact your local garage. They may be offering safe pick-up and drop-off services.