Since lock-down 69% unclear about when the MOT extension come into play’’ 

Since march 2020, cars and other light vehicles were granted a 6 month MOT Extension, which meant amidst the pandemic vehicles were allowed to roam on the roads, regardless if they were deemed roadworthy.

How does this apply to you?

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According to the government website, if you own a vehicle, be it a car, motorcycle light van or other vehicle you MOT was extended by 6 months. This also included types of vehicles that are due their first ever MOT Test. In recent light of the governments efforts, it has also been stated that mandatory MOT tests are to be carried out since the start of this month, as many garages and MOT centres have opened across the country due to following pressure from motoring groups such as the RAC and the AA. Due to the ease of lock-down in most areas, , greater numbers of cars on the road have led to the increased risk and dangers to vehiclesmotorists and pedestrians alike.


Your vehicle’s MOT was due to expire on the 15th May 2020, although due to the government initiative this has been extended to 15th October 2020. This is the new date your MOT needs to be given.

In another context, if your MOT was going to run out at the start of July, it will now expire now until January 2021. Moreover , if the expiry date for your vehicle is after the 1st August, you will have to take your vehicle to the garage for its normal test.


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  • Will this extension be taken away at any point?

It must be known that this is only a temporary MOT extension and the government is keeping under constant review,  already deciding to scale back on the extension and issue mandatory MOT tests since 1 August. 

How do i check if my MOT has been cancelled?

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You can view your MOT expiry date by checking the government website at

It’s important to understand that a vehicles date will only expire once updated three days before your mot was originally updated before your MOT expiry date will only be updated three days before your MOT was originally due to expire.

If the expiry date has not been extended days before it was due to expire, you should email DVSA at [email protected]

In the email you should include the following:

  1. The date your MOT was expired
  2. Your vehicle registration number ( number plate)

From there the driving and vehicle standards agency will:

  1. Update your vehicles record
  2. Email you to verify this has been completed.


Will this affect my tax and insurance?

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It should be known that you have to keep your car roadworthy , as well as that your vehicle can be unsafe if your MOT had already been extended.

Anybody that drives a vehicle on a public road must be aware that t has to be deemed roadworthy. The policies that highlight this can be viewed in the highway code which is still present during Covid-19.

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Checking your vehicle health often, where it be a simple tyre pressure test when you next fuel up or a check up of all fluid levels. Even making sure your windscreen wipers are intact will ensure that your car is in optimal health.

Here our some top tips to carrying out a Vehicle health check PRE-MOT, certified by the RAC.

  • Keeping your car clean is very important as it allows efficiency to be increased, it also reflects back on you as a driver! it should be noted an MOT can be refused by your examiner if your car is in a dire state.
  • Make sure your vehicle reg is clear visible as this allows the MOT to be completed
  • Check the windscreen wipers are in good condition, with no tears. As a general rule, if you have any cracks – or even chips – in your windscreen that are bigger than 10mm and are in the A-Zone (which is a 290mm area which is in front of the driver), your car will fail its MOT. A crack or chip bigger than 40mm (which is around the size of a watch dial) anywhere else on your windscreen will also result in a fail. 
  • Check all lights are in working order This can simply be done by having a family member or friend stand in front of your lights and check the dimness levels.
  • Check tyre tread using the 20p test, and tyre pressure too. This little test can simply be done b taking a 20 pence coin and inserting int into the tyre grooves. If the outer band of the can cant be seen, your tyres are within the legal limit. However, if you can’t see the outer band on the coin, your tyres are above the legal limit.  This poses a massive health and safety risk.

    With worn tyres, they become dangerous as a tyres tread helps disperse water away from the contact between your tyre and the road. As there is less tread depth, less water will be shifted away increasing the risk of losing control as well as aquaplaning. All in all this means that with a deeper tread, your car can perform better on the roads.

    However, if you can see the band and that section of the coin is still visible, your tyres could be unsafe and require professional inspection by a mechanic.

    Drivers should conduct a 20p test every couple of weeks or after long journeys. After all, the prospect of a £2,500 fine PER TYRE and 3 penalty points are enough to raise awareness of the issue. If all 4 tyres are worn this could followup up with you losing your license and be hit with a £10,000 fine! better be safe than sorry.

  • Top up all fluid levels -oil, brake fluid and screen wash 
  • Check that the horn is in fully working order – give it a honk!
  • All of your mirrors should be intact and secure to ensure you can use them safely.
  • The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in your cars logbook should match that which is marked on your cars bodywork.

How long and how much for an MOT TEST?

  • An MOT test usually takes around 45 minutes, in which the examiner will check the road-worthiness of the car, electrical equipment, steering, tyres and suspension. The examiner will also inspect the brakes, exhaust and emissions , wipers and windscreen, rear view and wing mirrors as well as your vehicle identification number.
 The cost of an MOT can range, as standard prices start from as low as £30, leading up to a max fee of £54.85 for a regular car and £29.65 for a standard motorcycle.


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Anyone who drives a vehicle on a public road and must be made aware that they are doing so safety and due-diligently. The rules regarding this can be found in the highway code and will continue to remain in place amidst Covid-19.

”MOT exemptions were issued to allow people to continue to use their vehicles for essential travel during the pandemic. The MOT is an important test to make sure a vehicle remains safe to drive. We know that MOT centres are likely to be very busy this autumn with double the usual demand. We are encouraging motorists to consider bringing their MOT forward to help beat the rush

 Chris Price, DVSA Head of MOT Policy


During this time, its essential to monitoring the condition of you care, van or vehicle.. that is why we urge motorists to conduct a vehicle check and if unsure and not confident with the results, they should take their vehicle to their local garage for a full MOT test, as mandatory since the start of august.

Garages are ready to ensure millions of vehicles on UK roads remain safe and provide peace of mind to owners. Although the 6-month MOT extension provision ends on 1 August, deferred tests have created increased demand this autumn so owners are strongly encouraged to get their vehicle’s test done as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Motorists can be reassured that the sector has full COVID safety measures in place and many workshops are on hand to collect and deliver vehicles for vulnerable customers.

Mike Hawes, Chief Executive of the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders


Safety should always be a top priority which is why checking your vehicle should always be a reminder. If you notice your vehicle is on its last legs and you would like to consider your options, we are on hand and ready to help you find a reputable and efficient service provider near you.

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