Cars, motorcycles and light vans to be granted a 6-month MOT exemption from Monday 30 March 2020

This morning, the DVSA announced that MOT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans will be extended by 6 months from Monday March 30 2020, to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Vehicle owners do not need to do anything to extend their vehicle’s MOT expiry date if it’s on or after 30 March 2020. However, their vehicle must be safe to drive. Paper exemption certificates will not be needed.

You are still allowed to open your garage or MOT centre and carry out MOT tests.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has published guidance for vehicle owners that says:

• they should still get an MOT if it expires before 30 March 2020
• if their MOT due date expires from 30 March 2020 it will be extended by 6 months

Your MOT centre can stay open after 30 March 2020 to carry out MOTs if you need to. This could include retests or tests of a vehicle that had an MOT due before 30 March. You may refuse to carry out a test if the customer is displaying coronavirus symptoms and should be in self-isolation.

Garages can also stay open to carry out repairs or services.

Further information can be found on the government website byclicking here, including what to do if someone becomes unwell at your MOT centre, and how to limit the spread of coronavirus at your centre.

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