MOT changes: Mandatory MOTs needed from August 1

MOT changes: Mandatory MOTs needed from August 1

The six-month MOT extension will come to a stop at the end of July

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Authority (DVSA) has announced that mandatory MOTs are going to be reintroduced on August 1 following an extension throughout the coronavirus lockdown. 

Any car with an MOT that expired on March 30 onwards this year has automatically qualified for a six-month extension. However, from August 1 this will come to an end, with mandatory MOTs being reintroduced. 

Those with an MOT expiring up until the end of July will still qualify for an extension, though the DVSA has stressed that motorists must keep their vehicles in a roadworthy condition and that they could face prosecution if they don’t.

Roads Minister Baroness Vere said: “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.” 

Despite the extension, many motorists are choosing to have their car MOT tested as normal, with the DVSA saying that testing has already reached 70 per cent of its usual level. 

Motorists that are vulnerable or isolating are asked to speak to their local garage as many are offering a pick-up and drop-off service. 

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