Good news for those who have their MOT due on or after 30 March 2020. So if you have bought a used car or already having one, please make sure your vehicle check is updated, as the MOT expiry date has been extended for 6 months due to the COVID-19 outbreak. It has been initiated to avoid the spread of the virus.
1. Eligibility Criteria For MOT Extension
The MOT extension will apply only if the vehicle is a:
- Light Van/Other light vehicles.
This extension also includes vehicles that have their due for their first-ever MOT test.
However, if the MOT expiry date was on or before 29 March 2020, the different rules will be applied.
2. How The MOT Extension Works?
If it’s eligible, the vehicle’s expiry date will be automatically extended. It also means that
- Your vehicle will still have a valid MOT certificate for an extra 6 months.
- The vehicle could be taxed and the insurance will also be valid.
- The police records will be updated to know them that you have a valid MOT.
But you will not be able to get a new MOT certificate with the new expiry date on it.
3. What You Need To Do To Extend Your MOT Date?
Your vehicle’s MOT expiry date will be updated only a few days before its original due date. Please ensure to check whether the Date has been extended, usually 3 days prior to the expiry date.
If it has not been extended 3 days prior, you can email to email@example.com
You must include the details like :
- MOT expiry date
- Vehicle’s registration number
Your vehicle’s record will be updated by DVSA and mailed back to inform you.
4. If Your MOT Runs Out In April?
If your vehicle’s tax is expired, you will not be able to renew it until the MOT expiry date has been extended. It may happen that you would be required to wait until later in April to tax your vehicle.
5. Fix Your Damaged/Repaired Car
Also, if your vehicle is repaired, get it fixed in your nearest open garage as they are allowed to stay open during the virus outbreak.
Note- You could be fined upto £2,500, banned from driving, or even get 3 penalty points for driving repaired/dangerous vehicles.
6. Keeping Your Vehicle Safe To Drive
Last but not the least, make sure your vehicle is safe to drive. Even though the MOT expiry date is extended, it could still be unsafe.
Stay updated on the latest alerts about MOT, check- https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-mots-for-cars-vans-and-motorcycles-due-from-30-march-2020