6-month MOT extension ends on 1st August for car, motorcycle and van owners

Vehicles due for an MOT from 1st August will not receive an MOT extension. Drivers should look to book a test in advance to ensure their vehicle is in a roadworthy condition.

Whilst exemptions are still available for those due before 1st August, it is vital that drivers still take their vehicle to be checked if they notice something is wrong. Motorists can still be prosecuted for driving an unsafe vehicle.

Stuart James, IGA Chief Executive comments: “We thank the Government for listening to our views. The news will give clarity to garages and allow them to plan for the busy period ahead.

“With road traffic increasing, people being encouraged to use their cars rather than public transport, and further lockdown measures easing on 4 July, we believe this additional month will leave a number of motorists with an accumulation of faults and repair costs when they are least able to afford them. Even though this scheme has only been in place for four months, it has detrimented the roadworthiness of many cars, taken away the bread and butter of the independent garage sector and left a great number of consumers confused.”

Following the COVID-19 outbreak, in March, NFDA wrote to the Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP asking for a three-month MOT moratorium. Subsequently, the Government announced all cars, vans and motorcycles which usually would require an MOT test will be exempted from needing a test from 30 March 2020 for six months.

Last week, NFDA responded to the Department for Transport (DfT) consultation and urged the Government to reinstate mandatory MOT as soon as possible.

Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), welcomed the news: “Following the lockdown and the long period when vehicles remained unused and often unserviced, there may now be a lot of potentially unroadworthy and dangerous cars on the road. Ending the MOT extension is a step in the right direction to ensure safety as more people return to work and roads get busier”.