Mandatory MOT testing is reintroduced from 1st August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted.
MOT ensure that vehicle parts, including tyres, seatbelts, brakes, lights and exhausts, are in proper working order.
Due to the #coronavirus outbreak, drivers were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing in March to help slow the spread of the virus. However, as restrictions are lifted drivers whose car, motorcycle or van is due for an MOT test from 1st August 2020 will be required to get a test certificate to continue driving their vehicle.
Drivers with an MOT due date before 1st August will still receive a 6-month exemption from testing. However, all vehicles must continue to be properly maintained and kept in a roadworthy condition. Motorists can be prosecuted for driving an unsafe vehicle.
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.
Only some garages remained open to conduct essential services during the coronavirus outbreak, but now over 90% are open across the country. Testing capacity has already reached 70% of normal levels and is steadily increasing.
While exemptions are still available for vehicle owners with an MOT due date before 1st August, it is vital that drivers still take their vehicle to be checked if they notice something is wrong in the same way that they usually would.
If drivers are vulnerable or self-isolating they should contact their local garage as many are offering pick-up and drop-off services, so drivers can get their car checked without having to visit a garage.
Many employees use their own vehicle to travel to the workplace, and other use their vehicle for work purposes. As the Coronavirus easements come into play it is important that employees understand that they need to stay safe and legal and the MOT is up to date.