During the Coronavirus outbreak cars, motorcycles and vans will be granted exemption from MOT’s for six months. This legislation comes into place immediately from 30th March 2020 and will be in place for 12 months.
This measure has been announced to enable drivers to continue with their essential travel. Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, said: “Allowing this temporary exemption from vehicle testing will enable vital services such as deliveries to continue, front-line workers to get to work, and people get essential food and medicine.”
During the period of exemption must be kept in a roadworthy condition, and, of course, garages will remain open for essential repair work. Drivers can be still be prosecuted for driving unsafe vehicles. Read our MOT checklist for more details on what is checked during an MOT.
Until Monday 30th March, drivers will still need to get their vehicles tested under current rules. However the Department of Transport are said to be working with insurers and police to ensure people aren’t unfairly penalised if they are unable to get an MOT that is due because they are in self-isolation.