Following the government’s announcement of an extension on MOT dates, the decision has now been made to make MOT’s mandatory once again.
The six-month exemption was granted in March when most of the country went into lockdown. With restrictions now being gradually lifted MOT Tests for cars, motorcycles and vans will become mandatory again.
What dates does it effect?
- From 1st August onwards MOT tests are mandatory with your original renewal date still standing.
- If your MOT was due between 30th March until 31st July you will continue to receive a six-month exemption with the exception that the vehicle must be maintained properly and kept in a roadworthy condition. (Our advise is, if you’re still using the vehicle, have your MOT done as usual for peace of mind).
- If your MOT was due before 30th March and you have not had an MOT test, your MOT has expired and is overdue.
If you have been granted an automatic exception, the Department for Transport is asking you to take your vehicle to be checked over by a professional mechanic. The best way and most cost worthy way to do this is by having your annual MOT Test.
Why is the MOT exemption ending?
Some garages, including John Delany Motors, stayed open during lockdown and drivers continued to get their vehicles tested. As more vehicles are now back on the roads, having an up-to-date MOT will help to keep vehicles safe to drive.
Our Increased Demand
Throughout lockdown, many of our customers have been self-isolating. Our records indicate that approximately 350 customers have vehicles whos MOT’s have been extended and not yet tested. In addition to this, we also have a large number of customers whos MOT’s annual due date falls in August.
With this in mind, we’re expecting our demand to double and are asking all customers who are due their MOT test in August to book their vehicle in as soon as possible.
Remember, you can have your MOT done up to 30 days before the renewal date without affecting the renewal the following year. eg. Your MOT is due 3rd August 2020, you can have your MOT done 3rd July 2020 and your renewal date for next year will be 3rd August 2021.
Please do not bring your vehicle for its MOT if you are shielding or if you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus.