Lockdown update: MOT tests to become mandatory again from August

As more of us return to the roads, the government has announced that mandatory MOT testing will be reinstated in England, Scotland and Wales from 1st August.

The Department for Transport (DfT) confirms the closure of the six-month temporary exemption, which was introduced on 30th March to enable vital services in the battle against coronavirus. The scheme was set to run until March next year, but will be cut short as lockdown restrictions continue to be eased.

These changes will now affect any vehicle with an MOT due to expire on or after 1st August. Cars due before this will still have the extension applied to them, but owners are recommended to have them tested as soon as possible to make sure your car is safe (if your vehicle isn’t in a roadworthy condition, you could face a fine or even prosecution).

Roads Minister Baroness Vere commented:

“As people return to our roads, it is vital that motorists are able to keep their vehicles safe. That’s why as restrictions are eased, from 1st August MOT testing will again become mandatory. Garages across the country are open and I urge drivers who are due for their MOT to book a test as soon they can.”

The move comes as many motoring experts voice their concern over the driver safety, with the exemption leading to MOT-test volumes declining by 70% over April and May. This is more concerning as the easing of restrictions now means more cars will be on the road, especially with the rise of domestic holidays. With lockdown easing, garages and dealerships have more capacity to service vehicles. Figures from the DfT show that more than 90% of UK garages are now operating – including our workshops here at Johnsons!

Book an MOT test today or make an appointment for any servicing or repair work. The safety and wellbeing of our customers and staff remains our priority – read about the steps we are taking to keep things moving while keeping everyone safe here: /about-us/covid-19/