“It is positive that the Government has confirmed the MOT extension currently in place will be stopped for vehicles whose MOT is due on or after 1 August 2020”, Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers in the UK.
The Government has confirmed the six-month MOT extension which was introduced during the lockdown will be stopped for vehicles with an MOT due on or after 1 August.
The MOT certificate will not be extended if a vehicle’s MOT expires on or after 1 August 2020. In this case, motorists “must book an MOT as usual”. Motorist are reminded that they can take their MOT test up to a month (minus a day) prior to the date due without losing the their current expiry date
The six-month extension remains place for cars, vans or motorcycles whose MOT expiry date is between 30 March 2020 and 31 July 2020.
Following the COVID-19 outbreak, in March, NFDA wrote to the Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP asking for a three-month MOT moratorium. Subsequently, the Government announced all cars, vans and motorcycles which usually would require an MOT test will be exempted from needing a test from 30 March 2020 for six months.
Last week, NFDA responded to the Department for Transport (DfT) consultation and urged the Government to reinstate mandatory MOT as soon as possible.
Today’s news is welcomed by NFDA.
Sue Robinson continued, “Following the lockdown and the long period when vehicles remained unused and often unserviced, there may now be a lot of potentially unroadworthy and dangerous cars on the road. Ending the MOT extension is a step in the right direction to ensure safety as more people return to work and roads get busier”.
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The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.