MOT Extension Abolished: Mandatory Testing Resumes

Mandatory testing has been reintroduced in the UK.

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Reintroduction of mandatory MOT testing has been made, making it compulsory for UK motorists to book in their car, van or motorcycle before its MOT expires.

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Government placed a 6-month exemption from MOT testing in March with the purpose of minimising the spread of the virus. The policy reduced the number of drivers, mechanics, and support staff that have interaction in person. Additionally, it meant that more vehicles could be kept on the road legally, helping key workers travel to work without the worry of their vehicle failing its MOT.

As restrictions continued to ease, the Government felt it necessary to abolish MOT extensions and introduced compulsory MOT testing in England, Scotland and Wales on August 1st 2020. This means that any vehicle with an expiration date on/after August 1st 2020 will have no extension to its MOT due date.


However, if your vehicle’s MOT expired between March 30th and July 31st 2020, you still have an automatic extension. This therefore means that July 12th 2020, for example, is extended to January 12th 2021. You do not have to wait to the end of this extension if you’d prefer to get it checked earlier though; it can be done on any earlier date. Also, irrespective of any extension it is your responsibility to ensure your vehicle is roadworthy. If not, you might be prosecuted.

Roads Minister Baroness Vere said:

‘As people return to our roads, it is vital motorists are able to keep their vehicles safe. That is why, as restrictions are eased, from August 1st MOT testing will again be 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.’

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