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New Rules on MOT Testing For Light Vehicles

Due to the unfolding COVID-19 situation, cars, vans and motorcycles due their MOT from 30 March 2020 can have their MOT extended by 6 months.

This will allow vehicle owners to continue to be able to get to work where this absolutely cannot be done from home or do essential shopping.

All vehicles which are due an MOT after the 30 March must be kept in a roadworthy condition and drivers can be prosecuted if they drive an unsafe vehicle.

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What are the changes?

Vehicles that have MOTs due from 30th March, will have their date moved 6 months forward – so tests due on 30th March 2020 will become due on 30th September 2020, and so on.

How long will this continue?

The government will keep this under review to manage the spread of COVID-19.

How will it work?

DVSA will start moving MOT expiry dates automatically in the MOT system from 30th March. This will initially be done in a few batches, so that after a few days they are working 7 days ahead. That will mean, say, that every Tuesday – the following Tuesday’s tests are moved 6 months ahead.

Some types of test – such as vehicles coming up for their first test and some specialist vehicles may take a little longer – but this should be all automatic.

The new ‘due date’ will appear in the MOT History Service when it is amended – that will enable customers to check it has been done and they can legally use the car for getting to work as a critical worker, or getting necessary shopping.


If your MOT is Due after the 30th March, we will contact you on our return after the government lockdown has been lifted.

However if you prefer you can book you MOT online here

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