Motorists worried about getting an MOT because of the coronavirus crisis, have been handed a six-month reprieve. The government has granted car owners a six-month exemption from MOT testing if their MOT expires after 30th March 2020. (Note that the provisions won’t come in until Monday 30 March which means vehicles due an MOT before then must still get a new MOT; however , drivers will still need to get their vehicle tested until the new regulations come into place if they need to travel, but if someone is unable to get an MOT because they are self isolating, the Department for Transport said it is working with insurers and the police to ensure people are not unfairly penalised for things out of their control and they will need to have an MOT as soon as possible.
It rather shows how ill-prepared government was for the risk of pandemic, despite it being warned about since the early days of SARS. that a major worldwide pandemic was likely in the near future.
The exemption will enable vital services such as deliveries to continue, frontline workers to get to work, and people get essential food and medicine, as well as accomodating the new batch of NHS volunteers; however drivers must be aware that garages will remain open for essential repair work and that drivers will face prosecution if they’re caught driving unsafe vehicles even if they are covered by the MOT extension. The exemption will apply to cars, motorcycles and vans, but the government warned that vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition.
The Department for Transport said the move won’t hit any insurance claims during the period because they will be effectively extending MOT certificates meaning they will remain valid for insurance purposes
Practical driving tests and annual testing for lorries, buses and coaches have already been suspended for up to three months.