MOT’s suspended for 6 months from 30th March

30 March 2020

Due to COVID-19, the Government has announced that MOTs due on or after the 30th March can be extended by six months, so there is no need for you to arrange this during the Coronavirus outbreak. While garages remain open should there be a need for you to visit one, we would recommend following the Government’s advice regarding social distancing. We hope you are safe during these uncertain times. We remain available on the phone and via email should you need to contact us. Please find some frequently asked questions below, should you need them.

Do I still need to MOT my vehicle?
If your vehicle’s MOT due date is on or after Monday, 30 March the MOT will be extended by 6 months, for example: If your vehicle’s MOT was due to expire on 3 April 2020 then this will automatically be extended to 3 October 2020 and you will need to get your MOT by this date.


Can I still have an MOT conducted on my vehicle during its extension period?
Yes. Whilst it is not necessary to conduct an MOT until its due date, if you’d still prefer to have the MOT completed to ensure your peace of mind that your vehicle is safe then we will conduct the test on your instruction. If the vehicle passes the MOT then this will be recorded automatically and your vehicle’s MOT expiry date will be changed to 12 months from the new pass date. If the vehicle fails an MOT test conducted during the extension period then this will not change the extended due date BUT if the vehicle has a dangerous/major fault then you could be prosecuted if the fault is not rectified – all drivers still have a responsibility to ensure their vehicle is roadworthy.


Am I still required to complete an MOT for my vehicle if I am self-isolating or in quarantine?
No. You should NOT go to a centre if you or any member of your household is self-isolating, in quarantine or has symptoms. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has advised drivers in self-isolation to not take their vehicle to be MOT tested.


What happens if the MOT fails and it needs to be re-tested?
If your MOT fails we will seek authorisation for the work to be completed, we will then arrange for the vehicle to be re-tested. You also retain the right to have the vehicle repaired elsewhere. If you choose to do so, a small MOT re-test fee may apply. See https://www.gov.uk/getting-an-mot/retests for further details on retest fees.


Is my existing booking made before the changes to restricted travel still valid?
Yes. We are still open for business, so yes, new and existing bookings are all still valid. If your local centre can no longer accommodate your booking, a member of our customer service team will be in touch to let you know and to re-book at your nearest open centre.


Can I have a Service completed with my MOT?
Yes. Our centres are still offering Servicing and this can be combined with an MOT. Please make us aware of the requirement to service the vehicle at the point of booking in.


Should I keep my scheduled booking?
If your booking is for an MOT that is due on or after 30 March 2020 then you can reschedule this appointment with no charge. For anything else, you can keep your booking. We are advising customers that, as much as possible, they should book ahead to schedule an appointment. This will help ensure we’re aware of your arrival time and requirements.

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