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Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced from 1 August

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Written by: Emma Lunn
29/06/2020
Customers will be obliged to get their cars MOT tested from August as Covid-19 restrictions are slowly lifted.

Drivers of cars, motorcycles and vans are being encouraged to book a test in advance to ensure their vehicles are in a roadworthy condition.

Drivers were granted a six-month exemption from MOT testing in March to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

However, as restrictions are eased, all drivers whose vehicle is due for an MOT test from 1 August will be required to get a test certificate to continue driving their vehicle.

MOT tests are important for road safety and ensure that vehicle parts, including tyres, seatbelts, brakes, lights and exhausts, are in proper working order.

Drivers with an MOT due date before 1 August will still receive a six-month exemption from testing although they have the option to voluntarily get their MOT sooner should they wish.

It is also vital that drivers still take their vehicle to be checked if they notice something is wrong in the same way that they usually would.

Roads minister Baroness Vere says: “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 1 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.”

Only some garages remained open to conduct essential services during the coronavirus outbreak, but now more than 90% are open across the country.

The Department for Transport says testing capacity has already reached 70% of normal levels and is steadily increasing.

If drivers are vulnerable or self-isolating they should contact their local garage as many are offering pick-up and drop-off services, so drivers can get their car checked without having to visit a garage.

Roger Griggs, communications director for Kwik Fit, says: “We welcome the Government’s announcement that it is ending the MOT extension policy from 1 August. Our data has shown that for every week the extension remains in place, more than 150,000 unroadworthy vehicles are being given a free pass, with around a third of those having dangerous defects.

“It is vital for road safety that these cars receive a physical check as soon as possible – we urge drivers not to rely on an automatic extension, especially as everyone starts to clock up more miles as the lockdown is eased.”

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