MOT extension to end
Following the gradual relaxation of lockdown restrictions, the MOT extension period for cars and vans is stopping from August 1st in England, Wales and Scotland.
The Roads minister, Baroness Vere, has declared that all owners of cars, motorcycles and vans that are due an MOT after the 1st August will need to obtain a pass certificate to continue driving their vehicle legally.
She advises that,
“Garages across the country are open and I urge drivers, who are due for their MOT, to book a test as soon they can.”
The move comes after the government faced pressure from road safety and vehicle repair industry groups. The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) welcomes the latest decision, arguing that it will not only significantly improve road safety but also will give a much-needed boost to the automotive sector.
The IAAF stated previously that delaying MOTs for a six-month period causes “huge challenges” for the sector, because it results in thousands of dangerous vehicles being driven, posing huge safety risks. The Federation believes that the latest announcement will ensure that this number is reduced.
Should your MOT expiry date be prior to the 1st August, it will still be extended by six months automatically. Yet, you should ensure that the vehicle is not only maintained properly but also kept in a roadworthy condition. Naturally, you can still have your car tested prior to that expiry date, should you wish.