Vehicle owners will be granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing, enabling them to continue to travel to work where this absolutely cannot be done from home, or shop for necessities.
All cars, vans and motorcycles which usually would require an MOT test will be exempted from needing a test from 30 March 2020. Vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition, and garages will remain open for essential repair work. Drivers can be prosecuted if driving unsafe vehicles.
People should stay at home and avoid travel. The only reasons people should leave their homes is set out in the government guidance.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:
‘We must ensure those on the frontline of helping the nation combat COVID-19 are able to do so.
‘Allowing this temporary exemption from vehicle testing will enable vital services such as deliveries to continue, frontline workers to get to work, and people to get essential food and medicine.
‘Safety is key, which is why garages will remain open for essential repair work.’
The legislation will be introduced on March 30 and will come into immediate effect for 12 months, following a short consultation with key organisations. Drivers will still need to get their vehicle tested until the new regulations come into place if they need to use it.
If you cannot get an MOT that’s due because you’re in self-isolation, the Department for Transport is working with insurers and the police to ensure people are not unfairly penalised for things out of their control.
Practical driving tests and annual testing for lorries, buses and coaches have been suspended for up to 3 months.
What to do if your MOT runs out
If you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus
If your MOT runs out while you’re staying at home because you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus (self-isolation), you should book an MOT test after your period of self-isolation is over.
The Department for Transport (DfT) is working with insurers and the police to make sure you are not unfairly penalised for not being able to get an MOT.
If you are extremely vulnerable from coronavirus
You must not take your vehicle for its MOT if you’re extremely vulnerable from coronavirus.
DfT is working with insurers and the police to make sure you are not unfairly penalised for not being able to get an MOT.
If you’re not self-isolating
Book your MOT test at any open test centre if you’re not self-isolating.
MOT centres and garages are still allowed to stay open. If you’re not self-isolating or extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 you still need an MOT to make sure your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards.
If your vehicle tax runs out while you’re self-isolating
You need a valid MOT (unless your vehicle is exempt) to renew your vehicle tax.