On Wednesday 25th March, the Transport Secretary announced a six month extension to all MOTs due to expire after Monday 30th March 2020. This extension has been implemented to help reduce the spread of the virus and will automatically add six months onto your vehicles MOT expiration date. The extension will be logged just days before it’s due to expire, providing you are eligible.
This change to the MOT service has generated many unanswered questions for people who rely on their vehicles, especially those with MOTs due to expire in the coming months. Peter Anning, Part-owner of MBS, answers some commonly asked questions on this new legislation.
How will the six month extension work?
The MOT testing service will automatically add six months onto any MOT which expires on Monday 30th March 2020, and then six months onto any MOT which expires on Tuesday 31st March 2020, and so on, for as long as the pandemic continues.
Your vehicle’s MOT expiry date will receive its six month extension approximately seven days before it’s due to expire. For example, if your vehicle’s MOT is due Monday 18th May, the six month extension will not be added until Monday 11th May, providing the situation has not changed.
Am I eligible for this extension?
All cars, motorcycles, light vans and other light vehicles are eligible for this within this extension.
Will I be notified that my MOT has been extended?
Approximately seven days before your MOT is due to expire, your vehicle’s record will be updated so the police can see you have a valid MOT. You will not, however, receive a new paper MOT certificate with the new expiry date on it.
To check your expiry date has been extended, you will need to check your MOT history on the Government website here. It is recommended that you do this three days before it’s due to expire.
What do I do if my vehicle’s MOT expiry date has not been extended?
If your MOT expiry date has not been extended three days before it’s due to expire, and the situation has not improved, email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of the date your MOT expired and your vehicle’s number plate.
What do I do if my vehicle tax and MOT run out during this time?
You will need to check your vehicle’s MOT has been extended before renewing your vehicle tax. You shouldn’t need to delay taxing your vehicle as you will know approximately seven days before your MOT is due to expire whether it has been granted the six month extension or not.
What do I do if I am a keyworker and am due a MOT within the next six months?
If you are a keyworker, you must continue to keep your car safe and roadworthy. Here at MBS, we will still be carrying out MOT services during the coronavirus outbreak for anyone who needs them. We will also be offering a 10% discount off labour for all keyworkers (a valid form of proof will be required).
You must also keep in mind that if your vehicle is deemed to be unsafe, you must take it to a garage to be fixed to avoid facing a £2,500 fine, a ban from driving and three penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to pop into our showroom, call 01392 493 222 or email us at email@example.com.