Significant changes made to the MOT test during the Coronavirus pandemic
With the Coronavirus pandemic hitting the UK hard, there were a couple of changes that were implemented to protect people from the virus while also keeping vehicles in good condition so that their owners could drive them on public roads in the UK. A few of the MOT rules were temporarily modified to make sure the people who were going through them could manage without too much trouble. One thing was for sure, people in the UK could not use a vehicle that did not meet the MOT requirements or was not roadworthy, all vehicle whether they went through the MOT test or not, had to be roadworthy.
Here are some of the changes implemented during the COVID19 pandemic
The UK Government implemented a new rule that allowed for the delay of MOT tests for vehicles that needed to be registered, post the 30th of March. They did not need to do anything to extend their vehicle’s MOT expiry date. However, the vehicle has to be safe to drive and roadworthy throughout the process. They automatically received a 6-month MOT exemption, extending the current MOT expiry date by six months.
They could even check vehicle history to see when they were issued the exemption. It did not show up straight away in many cases and did not always update people using the online platform had to keep checking back if the new due date MOT was not yet showing. Additionally, they received a paper exemption certificate.
Vehicle owners could also handle a car tax check if their vehicle taxes were due. Furthermore, they could even tax their vehicle as soon as their MOT due date was updated.
Vehicle’s that had their first MOT due were automatically given a 6-month MOT exemption from the date its first MOT was due. Unfortunately, the MOT tests that were due before the 30th of March 2020 and vehicles that did not pass did not receive the extension. The government allowed MOT centres and garages to remain open since they were declared essential services.
So people could still get an MOT if they were needed vehicle for travel. Not only for the MOT tests but people who were planning on delaying the MOT tests had to also keep their vehicles in good condition, which meant that they had to see the garage as well.
People who owned vehicles could receive fines up to £2,500, receive a ban from driving and get three penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition, so they could still take their vehicle to be repaired at the nearest open garage. Thee months of June and July saw more than two million vehicles register for their MOT tests even though the exemption was in play since people did not want to wait when there would be a large crowd rushing through the test later. To make the process even simpler, people could book their MOT checks online, and they would receive a date when they could take their vehicles in if they didn’t want to stand in long queues.