Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced from August

Mandatory MOT testing is being reintroduced from August after the six month exemption was applied following lockdown.

The government introduced a six month exemption from MOT testing as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in March.


As lockdown restrictions are gradually eased, vehicles due for MOT from 1 August will be required to obtain a test certificate to continue driving their vehicle.


Vehicles with an MOT due date before 1 August will still receive their six month exemption, however drivers must continue to properly maintain their vehicle to a roadworthy standard.  Road users must be reminded that they will still be prosecuted if their vehicle is deemed unsafe regardless of the exemption.


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.”


Self isolating or vulnerable drivers should contact their local garage as many are offering ‘pick-up’ and ‘drop-off’ services.


What you need to know

  • Mandatory MOT tests will be reintroduced from 1 August to keep roads safe as lockdown eases.
  • Vehicle owners with an MOT due before 1 August will still receive a six month exemption.
  • Drivers are encouraged to book an MOT test in advance to ensure their vehicles remain roadworthy.

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