Getting a vehicle MOT

The measures to slow and prevent the spread of the coronavirus are designed to protect our NHS and lives.

You must not, therefore, leave your home, except to go shopping for basic necessities, for one form of exercise a day, for any medical need or to provide care or help to a vulnerable person and to travel to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

Recognising that some of these exemptions may require people to use their car, the Government has announced a six-month exemption from MOT testing. This means that all cars, vans and motorcycles which usually would require an MOT test will be exempted from needing a test. This came into force from 30 March 2020.

It is important to say that vehicles must still be kept in a roadworthy condition, and garages will remain open for essential repair work. Drivers can be prosecuted if they are driving unsafe vehicles. However, no one will be punished for not having an MOT over the coming weeks and months.