UK Government has given a six-month MOT exemptionThe Government has stated that drivers of cars, vans or motorcycles whose MOT expires on or after 30th March 2020, will automatically receive a six-more extension. This includes brand-new vehicles. However, motorists that benefit from this extension must ensure that their care is in a safe and roadworthy condition. This includes ensures that all lights are working and tyres have a sufficient tread depth.
How to Receive the Exemption
Other VehiclesLorries, buses and trailers are to receive a separate three-month extension, which are exempt from needing an MOT from 21st March 2020. Drivers are advised that they may need to apply for this exemption in order to receive it on their vehicle.
Stay At HomeDespite the MOT exemption, the advice still remains to stay at home and limit travel. Travel in a vehicle should only be to travel for essential shopping trips, medical necessity, or to travel to work if a key worker or if you cannot work from home. You must only drive if you absolutely need to. The purpose of the exemption is to ensure that essential workers can still use their cars legally, as well as reduce the number of customers visiting car garages, to help enforce social distancing.
How To Keep Your Car Safe To Drive
You must ensure that your car is roadworthy and safe to drive. You can check the rules on vehicle maintenance, safety and security. The Government has allowed car garages to stay open, so if you need to check your car safety, you can still do this.