My Garage
New hero

MOT Tests to be Deferred for 6 Months

By Phil Gardner | March 31, 2020


Why not leave a comment?

See all | Add a comment

MOT tests delayed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

MOT Tests to be Deferred for 6 Months

Last week the government announced that MOT tests in the UK from the 30th of March will be deferred for 6 months due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The changes are a reactive response which will allow vital workers to still go about their daily duties using their vehicles. This means that private hire cars, delivery drivers, healthcare workers and so on, can all proceed as normal.

MOT Tests to be Deferred for 6 Months Image

The exemptions will apply to all cars, motorcycles and vans but the government has warned motorists that their vehicles must be kept to a roadworthy standard. Garages, workshops and repair centres will remain open to ensure that essential workers can have their vehicles repaired and maintained over the coming months.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "We must ensure those on the frontline of helping the nation combat COVID19 are able to do so," 

"Safety is key, which is why garages will remain open for essential repair work."

Of course, there are legal issues that drivers must adhere to and it looks like these MOT changes will meet those demands. For example, if a car doesn’t have a valid MOT, then it is not technically insured to be on the road. The changes bypass that loophole by extending the life of current MOT certificates, instead of simply allowing cars to continue to use the road on expired certificates.

MOT Tests to be Deferred for 6 Months Image

Extra precautions have already been put into place across the garage network in the UK after the guidance was published from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. This guidance includes the instruction to use seat covers and rubber gloves when operating on vehicles. 

MOT testers have also been told not to print off MOT certificates needlessly unless the customer insists they need it for a specific reason. These MOT certificates can be printed off at home from here.

Garages across the country are being told to encourage the use of contactless payments as much as possible, in an effort to reduce the amount of cash being transacted between customers and employees. As of the 1st of April 2020, the government will be listing the limit on contactless payments from £30 to £45.

Related Articles

Why buy a McLaren if you can’t afford to tax it?
One supercar owner will face a hefty bill to get their wheels back after it was clamped in Manchester
Oct 04, 2022
Fully Autonomous taxis take to the San Francisco streets
One BBC journalist hopped in for a ride to help promote the experience, but it didn’t all go to plan
Oct 04, 2022
Could Lewis Hamilton actually be declared the 2021 World Championship winner?
It looks to be a busy week for F1 as it’s announced which teams have broken the cost cap tomorrow
Oct 04, 2022
Falling pound means drivers are paying an extra £5 per tank of fuel
Although the price of oil is now back to levels seen before Russia invaded Ukraine, a weak pound means prices are staying high
Sep 26, 2022