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6-month MOT exemptions will be ending on 1 August

MOT

We received this email on Monday.

Today, 29 June, the Department for Transport announced that the 6-month MOT exemption for cars, vans and motorcycles introduced during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, will end on 1 August.

Why is the MOT exemption ending?

We know that many garages stayed open and drivers continued to get their vehicles tested despite the exemption.
As non-essential services start to re-open in line with government guidance, and more vehicles are back on the roads, having an up-to-date MOT will help to keep vehicles safe to drive.

What should I do to prepare?

To get ready for more drivers who need to get an MOT:

Get your equipment ready

If your emissions equipment needs calibration this must be done before testing can restart. Many calibration engineers are now back at work, but if your local engineer isn’t available, search online for alternative companies.

Remind customers to beat the rush

Invite customers with vehicles due an MOT from 1 August to book and secure a test slot.

Stay safe

An MOT can be conducted while maintaining social distancing and we’ve provided guidance for MOT testers about operating safely.
Keep following the government guidance about working safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Next steps

As MOT volumes start to increase as lockdown is eased, we will be in touch about plans for our work, including demonstration tests for new testers and authorisations of new garages.

Thank you

Thank you for your work which has enabled vital services to continue, frontline workers to get to work, and people to get essential food and medicine during the COVID-19 outbreak.