The six-month MOT extension

The six-month MOT extension

I wanted to provide customers with some futher clarity surrounding the recent six-month MOT extension during the COVID-19 outbreak which I hope will be helpful.

The six-month extension to your MOT is there to help you if you are unable to get an MOT due to the COVID-19 outbreak and will be applied as required on a weekly basis to those vehicles nearing their expiry date. It does not give you an automatic and guaranteed 6 month extension and might not be applied to every vehicle, nor does it allow you to drive your vehicle if your MOT expired before 30th March 2020. It is therefore important to still arrange your MOT before your current expiry date if you are able to.

The below extract has been supplied from The IGA (Independent Garage Association) providing information around the six-month MOT extension:

The headline statement published on gov.uk was: “….Your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT expiry date will be extended by 6 months if it’s due on or after 30 March 2020 – but you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.”

You would understandably think that the headline meant that every vehicle has automatically been given a six-month extension on their MOT, but this is not necessarily the case. This exemption will only be applied approximately 7 days ahead of the expiry date of the certificate. DVSA will then work to extend dates on a weekly basis for those vehicles that are due a test.

What it doesn’t mean though, is that for example, a vehicle due its MOT on 1 June 2020 will have its expiry date changed at the moment. This vehicle will still have a 1 June 2020 expiry date until such time that DVSA extend it, which is likely to be only a week before the expiry date.

The IGA (Independent Garage Association) has been informed that this will allow DSA to be flexible and potentially change extension periods, or stop the extensions at any time when it is deemed no longer necessary.

People must remember that their vehicles, regardless of their test status, still need to be roadworthy and the statistics show that the current failure rate (February 2020) is still 31% (source: IGA), many vehicles are not maintained as they should. In fact, almost one in every 3 vehicles do not meet even the minimum roadworthiness standard.

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