MOT tests

The world is now going through the new normal with all the changes taking place because of the Coronavirus. One of the most significant ones is people staying indoors unless they have to step out to grocery show or for their work. Masks are a requirement and sanitising after touching everything is mandatory. At its peak, which was around April and May, it was not safe for people to be moving around, so everyone was advised to stay indoors.

People who owned vehicles needing their annual MOT exam had to get outdoors for this, but being unsafe, the UK Government assisted and added a six-month reprieve, allowing them to apply for the same process, six months later. Motorists who were worried about getting their MOT because of the coronavirus crisis did not have to stress anymore. However, this was only relevant to vehicle owners with registrations were expiring between the dates of 30th March and 31st July. If there were vehicles with their MOT expiring on the 30th of March or before, they had to get it done or could not have their car plying on the streets, until it was. They were also allowed to check MOT online.

Since all agencies and companies were understaffed, the primary reason for this extension was to focus resource on frontline workers to get to work and getting essential food and medicine. Vehicles that needed people to look after them during the pandemic received the first preference. Although the exemption applies to cars, motorcycles and vans, the government warned that vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition. Drivers had to follow through since they would face prosecution were they caught driving unsafe cars, and now that the extension ended, they have to renew their MOT and need their vehicle in good condition.

Garages will remain open for essential repair work as well, and if drivers want to, they could even book MOT and go through the process. June saw almost 1.6 million cars in the UK register and

check MOT despite the extension since people knew that there would be a massive backlog after things opened. The MOT centres across the country are also taking extra precautions to protect customers and workers while putting new rules in place for their benefit as well.

The Department for Transport said the move would not hit any insurance claims during the period because they will be effectively extending MOT certificates. They would automatically extend all MOT certificates by six months which works for their MOT and insurance requirements.

The change in the law was introduced on the 30th of March and ended on the 31st of July although it was meant to last longer. Drivers still needed to get their vehicle tested until the extension began. Vehicle owners that did not register had to if they wanted to be able to ply them on the roads.

The Department for Transport was working with insurers and police to ensure that people who were unable to get an MOT due to self-isolation did not receive unfair penalties for things out of their control.