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MOT exemption 2020

6-month MOT exemption will end on 1 August

Information provided by the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency – Update 29th June 2020. If you have any questions with regards to the MOT exemption and the information given below in reference to your vehicle then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Today, 29 June, the Department for Transport announced that the 6-month MOT exemption for cars, vans and motorcycles introduced during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, will end on 1 August.

Why is the MOT exemption ending?

We know that many garages stayed open and drivers continued to get their vehicles tested despite the exemption.

As non-essential services start to re-open in line with government guidance, and more vehicles are back on the roads, having an up-to-date MOT Test will help to keep vehicles safe to drive.

What should I do to prepare?

To get ready for more drivers who need to get an MOT test because of the MOT exemption:

Get your equipment ready

If your emissions equipment needs calibration this must be done before testing can restart. Many calibration engineers are now back at work, but if your local engineer isn’t available, search online for alternative companies.

Remind customers to beat the rush

Invite customers with vehicles due an MOT test from 1 August to book and secure a test slot.

Stay safe

An MOT can be conducted while maintaining social distancing and we’ve provided guidance for MOT testers about operating safely.

Keep following the government guidance about working safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Next steps

As MOT testing volumes start to increase as lockdown is eased, we will be in touch about plans for our work, including demonstration tests for new testers and authorisations of new garages.

Thank you

Thank you for your work which has enabled vital services to continue, frontline workers to get to work, and people to get essential food and medicine during the COVID-19 outbreak.