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MOT Exemption

6-month exemption from MOT

Added: 30 March 2020


The Department for Transport (DfT) has said that owners of cars, motorbikes and vans have been given a temporary 6-month exemption from MOT vehicle tests from 30th March as part of efforts during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to support the essential travel requirements of key workers.

All such vehicles which would usually have required an MOT test must still be maintained to be roadworthy and selected Allen Motor Group Service departments will remain open for essential repair work and emergencies to help support key workers. Drivers can be prosecuted if they are found to be driving vehicles that are deemed to be unsafe.

Tap here to check whether your local, convenient Allen Motor Group Service department is open at this time.

For the avoidance of doubt, “essential travel requirements” include work which absolutely cannot be done from home or shopping for necessities. Generally though, people should stay at home and avoid travel.

If you are unable to get an MOT that is due since you are self-isolating, the DfT is collaborating with insurers and the police to make sure that people will not be adversely affected by the pandemic.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “We must ensure those on the frontline of helping the nation combat COVID-19 are able to do so. Allowing this temporary exemption from vehicle testing will enable vital services such as deliveries to continue, frontline workers to get to work, and people to get essential food and medicine. Safety is key, which is why garages will remain open for essential repair work.”

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