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.