Changes to MOT rules every motorist needs to know about

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When the coronavirus lockdown happened in March, a change to the MOT test was brought in to keep key workers on the road.

More specifically, from March 30 the government announced that vehicles needing an MOT would receive a sixth-month extension from the date of expiry. For example, someone whose MOT was due on 1 April will have a new test date on October 1.

Despite this grace period being made law for all cars, vans and motorcycles, motorists were still required to keep vehicles in roadworthy condition. Not doing so could be punishable by at least three penalty points and a hefty fine.

Now this exemption is coming to an end from August 1 2020, Roads Minister Baroness Vere has announced.

She said: “As people return to our roads, it is vital that motorists are able to keep their vehicles safe. That’s why as restrictions are eased, from 1 August MOT testing will again become mandatory.

“Garages across the country are open and I urge drivers who are due for their MOT to book a test as soon they can.”

Those motorists whose MOT expires before August 1 still receive the sixth-month extension, however. So, if your MOT is due the day before on July 31, you won’t need to have your MOT renewed until January 31 2021. But any MOTs which expire on August 1 or later will need to be renewed before drivers can legally tax and use the vehicle.

If you’re unsure when your MOT is due on your car, van or motorcycle, you can easily check online by entering in your registration plate. The online records will automatically update to include your vehicle if this is the case.

Are you still eligible for the sixth-month extension? Find out how to keep your car in good condition before needing to renew its MOT.