The six month extension for the MOT on light vehicles will end on August 1st.
This means that for vehicles with certificates that expire between 30 March 2020 and 31 July 2020 will still be extended by six months. This includes vehicles that are due their first MOT test.
MOTs due on or after 1 August 2020 will not be extended, and the vehicle owner must book an MOT as usual.
However, DVSA has stated that if a vehicle owner is self-isolating or being advised to shield, they do not need to take their vehicle for its MOT. Instead, they should ask if an MOT centre can collect and return their vehicle, or register their vehicle as off the road, as they will still need a valid MOT.
The decision to end the extension has been welcomed by garages, insurance companies and road safety groups alike. Andy Randall Managing Director from Halfords Autocentres said: “October and the winter months, are going to be much busier than normal when motorists will be joining millions of others who have held off getting their MoT done. The MoT test remains the best way to ensure vehicles are safe to drive.”
Kelly Wilkins, Head of Service at Insure The Box commented: “We welcome the introduction of [MOT] testing; the onus of regularly checking a vehicle falls within the drivers remit, and as such, safety can be maintained by performing simple checks. However, the vast majority of drivers lack the expertise to identify significant issues and underlying problems a driver may encounter with their vehicle”.