At the beginning of lockdown, the government announced a 6 month extension to MOTs that were due from 30th March. This extension comes to an end from 1st August which means if your MOT is due on or after that date then you must book your vehicle in to be tested as usual.

When is my MOT due?

Your vehicle’s MOT expiry date is automatically extended by 6 months if it’s eligible.

If you benefited from the extension you should now be working out when you will need to get your cars MOT renewed.

You can check when your MOT is due using this free government service:

What are the rules and exceptions?

If your vehicle is more than three years old you cannot drive without an MOT unless you’re on the way to the garage for your pre-booked MOT appointment. If you are stopped you would need to show proof.

Driving without an MOT

Your vehicle’s MOT must be up to date per the latest guidelines as, if you get caught out you could face serious repercussions.

  • Fine of up to £1,000
  • Could invalidate car insurance

If your vehicle is deemed ‘dangerous’

  • Fine of up to £2,500
  • Points on licence
  • A potential ban on driving
  • Could invalidate car insurance

Note that even if your MOT is valid, you’re responsible for making sure your vehicle is always safe to drive and is ‘roadworthy’.

Book in advance to guarantee your MOT

Motorists are being advised to book in advance as garages expect a surge in bookings. This could result in you being on a waiting list, so book MOT in good time.

Looking for vehicle breakdown cover?

According to a survey by Halfords, more than 4 in 10 motorists are concerned about the condition of other vehicles on the road.

If you wish to take the extra step and arrange vehicle breakdown cover then we can help. Call our team on 01527 874092 for your free quote.

Published On: July 31st, 2020 / Last Updated: July 31st, 2020 /

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