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Do I still need to MOT my vehicle during lockdown?

Breaking News! 

Yesterday we reported that MOTs were still going to be going ahead during the lockdown. Today, in yet more breaking news the Department of Transport has announced that all cars, vans and motorcycles will be exempt from needing an MOT test from the 30th March 2020 for 6 months.

What this means

So, if your vehicle has an MOT which is due to expire on or after the 30th March 2020 you will be granted an automatic 6-month extension to your MOT certificate.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:

‘We must ensure those on the frontline of helping the nation combat COVID-19 are able to do so.’

 What do you need to do? 

You won’t need to do anything to extend your MOT expiry date; this will be applied automatically.

As an example, if your MOT renewal date is the 5th April 2020, it will now automatically be extended to 5th October 2020.

However, it is essential to remember that you will still need to maintain the vehicle and keep it in a roadworthy condition. Advice on how to keep your vehicle safe to drive can be found here failure to do so could affect your insurers’ decision when handling a claim made under the policy.

If you are unsure when your MOT expires and you would like to see if you have been granted an extension you can check here. You will still be able to purchase road tax online in the usual way once your extension has been applied.

This information was correct at the time as of 11;58 25th March 2020 however it is being continuously reviewed and therefore please visit https://www.gov.uk/getting-an-mot for the latest government updates and guidance.