Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced from 1st August

This move will help ensure that vehicles are kept in a roadworthy condition as COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are slowly lifted

Key points:

• Mandatory MOT tests for car, motorcycle and van owners in England, Scotland and Wales to be reintroduced to keep roads safe
• Drivers encouraged to book a test in advance to ensure vehicles are in a roadworthy condition
• Vehicle owners with an MOT due date before 1st August will still receive a 6-month exemption
• If your MOT expiry date is on or after 1st August 2020, you will need to book your car or van in for testing by the date shown on your certificate

Mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced from 1st August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted, Roads minister Baroness Vere has announced today (29th June 2020).

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 eased when safe to do so, all drivers whose car, motorcycle or van is due for an MOT test from 1st August will be required to get a test certificate to continue driving their vehicle.

MOT tests are important for road safety and ensure that vehicle parts, including tyres, seat-belts, brakes, lights and exhausts, are in proper working order.

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, and people are able to voluntarily get their MOT sooner should they wish, even if they are exempt from the legal requirement. Motorists can be prosecuted for driving an unsafe vehicle.

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.