20 August 2020
When the COVID-19 lockdown was introduced in March, the Government granted a six-month MOT extension to drivers across the UK. This meant that if your car's MOT was going to run out after 30th March 2020 you would automatically be given an extra six months extension to get it retested.
The legislation was initially due to remain in place for 12 months, but the Government has reduced the six-month MOT extension to reflect changes in Coronavirus restrictions. As a result, all vehicles with MOTs expiring on or after 1 August 2020 must visit an MOT centre as soon as possible.
The reason for cutting short the exemption is that road safety organisations expressed concerns about unroadworthy cars being driven across the country. According to The Edinburgh News, extending the MOT exemption would result in 1 million unsafe cars returning to the roads, based on previous years’ results.
Announcing the change, Roads Minister, Baroness Vere confirmed: “It is vital that motorists are able to keep their vehicles safe. Garages across the country are open and I urge drivers who are due for their car MOT to book a test as soon they can.”
If your car MOT was due to expire on or after 30th March 2020, you were granted a 6-month extension. However, this extension has ended on August 1st and you should now book your MOT test without hesitation.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is now urging drivers of vehicles due an MOT in September, October or November 2020 to bring them forward to beat the predicted rush for tests in the autumn. You can check if your MOT Is due here.
MOT prices tend to vary, but at DCM Tyres you can book your MOT test for just £35. Also, if you become a DCM reward card holder you can get access to exclusive discounts and pay your MOT check just £29.95! If any remedial work is required, our high skilled technicians will provide you with a clear, jargon-free solution.
Secure your MOT test slot at our Shaftesbury Newton MOT centre. At DCM Tyres we make the MOT booking process stress-free; simply enter your vehicle registration number and postcode to book your MOT, using our easy 24/7 online booking form! Alternatively, contact our experienced and approachable specialists today to book your desired service, including car service and tyre fitting, at one of our centres.