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.