If your vehicle MOT was due after March 30th 2020 then you’ll most likely be aware of the 6 months extension issued by the UK Government to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Whilst we’re all still being urged to stay at home when possible, if you’re continuing to use your vehicle either because you’re a key worker or for essential travel then you are responsible to ensuring it is safe and roadworthy.
Whilst you’re not obliged to get an MOT certificate before the 30th September, we are advising all our customers to have an MOT before this time if possible. The reasons for this are:
- An MOT is the best way to check your vehicle is safe and roadworthy.
- We anticipate being unable to cope with the increased demand for MOT’s in October
Checking your vehicle is roadworthy
An MOT test is designed to check your vehicle meets the minimum safety standard required for it to be on the road. Whilst it’s possible for you to carry out a series of checks yourself, a professional technician has the knowledge and experience to advise you of any potential safety issues. You’re obviously not obliged to have an MOT test within the exemption period, however the government has stated that you must ensure your vehicle is safe and roadworthy. It is still possible to get penalties for vehicle safety issues such as illegal tyres and having issues such as this may effect your insurance in the event of an accident. Most importantly, you will want to make sure you and any passengers are going to be road safe and an MOT test is the easiest way for you to do this.
MOT demand in October 2020
Whilst your MOT will now expire after September 30th we would highly recommend you book an appointment beforehand. If drivers whose MOT’s expired in April AND drivers with MOT’s expiring in October (presuming their won’t be any subsequent extensions) all require testing in October then we anticipate UK MOT testing facilities being unable to cope with the increased demand for tests. This could mean that drivers are unable to use their vehicle’s until test appointment becomes available and if their vehicle requires repairs to pass the MOT then this could cause a further delay in them getting back on the road. If vehicle owners can steadily bring their vehicle in throughout the summer months then we will be able to ensure their vehicle has an MOT test carried out in plenty of time whilst maintaining safe social distancing in our branches.