Motorists Get a 6 Month MOT Extension Due To Coronavirus Outbreak

The government has granted car owners a 6 month exemption from MOT testing. However, it won't come in until Monday 30 March, which means if your vehicle is due an MOT before then, the garage must still take it.

The extension "will enable vital services such as deliveries to continue, frontline workers to get to work, and people get essential food and medicine," the government have said. The extension will apply to cars, motorcycles and vans, but the government warned that vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition.

Garages will remain open for essential repair work while drivers will face prosecution if they're caught driving unsafe vehicles.

The Department of Transport said the move won't hit any insurance claims during the period because they will be effectively extending MOT certificate meaning they will remain valid for insurance purposes. The new law will be introduced on 30 March when it will come into immediate effect for 12 months.