The Coronavirus pandemic allowed vehicle owners to delay their MOT test by six months.
MOT tests were delayed by six months across the UK, for anyone having to register their cars for an MOT test, between the 30th of March to 31st of July. The process was quite simple with people who needed an MOT test before the end of March having to get it done before their MOT licence expired if they wanted to keep using their vehicle on the roads in the UK. The same rules applied to people who had to check MOT for their cars after the 31st of July. The delay was supposed to be longer than the five months, but the Government called it off early since they saw an improvement with the Coronavirus issues around the country.
The way that it worked was quite simple, and people who had their registrations within those dates did not have to show up, with it automatically getting extended and them receiving a six-month extension. While this extension was in place, it was not a mandatory one, and people could book MOT tests in the interim if they wanted to. The month of June itself saw more than 1.3 million vehicles across the UK go through the registration and get out on the other side.
While there was a legal delay for vehicles when it came to the MOT tests, owners had to make sure their vehicles were roadworthy, or there would be issues that they would have to solve. If people, with or without an MOT test, driving cars around the UK that are not roadworthy, they could face fines that would be higher than if they were driving cars, without MOT tests. The UK took vehicle safety seriously and made sure that people followed their rules.
Every year the UK reviewed and assessed 30 million vehicles which are a large number, with their MOT garages working up to their necks. Most people understood that there would be a giant backlog if they waited to get their vehicles tested after calling off the delay, which happened on the 1st of August, so it was best to get this done during the delayed date itself. This rule was put in place to assist the frontline workers and other people who desperately needed their cars during the pandemic so that the garages would have enough employees to work on their repairs on priority. Staff was also becoming challenging for most companies since they were not sure how to handle these changes, and most people were staying at home in light of the pandemic.
Additionally, many people were not purchasing vehicles as much as earlier, because of the pandemic, which meant that more cars needed MOT tests. The first three years of a vehicle did not require an MOT test, but they were required annually, post that. People were not sure about the state of the economy, and most did not want to make a large investment like purchasing a car when the future was uncertain.