Some people seem to be struggling with the current rules, so I shall attempt to clarify them a little.

To enable social distancing measures, MOTs due between 30 March to 30 September have been granted an automatic 6-month extension. Read on for more information

MOT due 29 March or earlier

If you want to bring your vehicle out of the garage for essential travel, but the MOT was due before 29th March, your vehicle still needs a fresh MOT. 

This is because the law changed from 30th March. Any vehicles with an MOT due 29th March or earlier can still be prosecuted for being used without an MOT. 

You can read more governmental advice here

MOT due from 30 March – 30 September

If you had your MOT due from 30th March – 30th September, you are allowed to use your vehicle without having an MOT test. However, if your vehicle is stopped and found to be unsafe, you can still be prosecuted. 

Your MOT expiry date will be updated around 7 days before it was originally due to expire. You must check your MOT three days before your MOT was originally due to expire. If the expiry date has not been extended, you must e-mail

You can read more governmental advice here

What happens from 30th September?

Every rider/driver with an MOT due between 30 March and 30 September has been granted a 6-month extension on their original MOT date. This means that a vehicle with an MOT expired in May will be due its MOT in November. Combined with those vehicles originally due an MOT in these post-lockdown months, it is anticipated the demand for MOTs from October 2020 – March 2021 will almost double. Presumably because someone, somewhere can count…

I must admit, I’m quietly relieved that we are not certified MOT testers yet.

Yet? Well it was supposed to happen this year, but looks like we’ll be postponing until 2021. 


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