Mandatory MoT tests restart in August 2020

MoT testing continues on cars during COVID-19 pandemic

All vehicles with an MoT that is due to run out from 1 August will need to undertake a mandatory MoT test in order to stay legal. With social restrictions slowly lifting, the current rolling six-month extension to allow people to travel to work during the lockdown will be phased out.

All cars, vans and motorcycles that required an MoT test after 30 March 2020 were given an automatic six-month extension of their expiry date, and were okay to drive on the road as long the car was kept in 'roadworthy' condition. The extension remains in place until the end of July 2020, with all vehicle owners due an MoT still receiving their six-month exemption.

With the exemption lifting from August, drivers are now encouraged to book a test in advance to ensure vehicles are in a roadworthy condition. However, as restrictions are eased when safe to do so, all drivers whose car, motorcycle or van is due for an MoT test from 1 August will be required to get a test certificate to continue driving their vehicle.

Only some garages remained open to conduct essential services during the coronavirus outbreak, but now more than 90% are open across the country. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has also issued guidance to all MoT testers about safely conducting tests in line with the latest Government advice.

Roads Minister Baroness Vere said: 'As people return to our roads, it is vital that motorists are able to keep their vehicles safe. That’s why as restrictions are eased, from 1 August MoT testing will again become 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.'

What this means for you

If your car is due an MoT before the end of July 2020, you will still receive an automatic six-month extension, potentially to the end of January 2021. But as garage businesses ramp up again, and introduce a policy of social distancing, we'd recommend getting your car MoT tested as soon as it is safe to do so.

However, if you are driving on an extended MoT, you won't have any worries about being prosecuted for having a lapsed ticket. We would recommend that you keep an eye on your tyres, brakes and other essential safety systems.

>> Read more: COVID-19 pandemic advice for drivers

MoT testing continues on cars during COVID-19 pandemic