MOT tests are subject to new rules as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. So when is the new MOT deadline?
As the UK is currently under lockdown people are being told to stay at home. You should only travel if it is absolutely essential, such as if you are a key worker or are buying essential goods like medicine.
When is the MOT deadline?
The rules regarding MOT tests have changed due to coronavirus.
If your MOT was due to expire on March 29, 2020 or before, you must book an MOT as a matter of urgency.
However, do not take your car for an MOT if you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms, or you’re extremely vulnerable to the virus.
Instead you must stay at home and follow the Government’s guidance on what to do if your MOT runs out.
If your MOT is due from March 30, it will automatically be extended for six months due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Your vehicle’s MOT expiry date will only be updated a few days before it was originally due to expire, so you need to check your MOT extension has been applied.
This means you will need to get your MOT done within this period before the end of the six month extension.
The Government website outlines how the extension works: "Your vehicle’s MOT expiry date will be automatically extended by 6 months if it’s eligible. This will be done just before it’s due to expire.
This means that:
- Your vehicle will still have a valid MOT certificate for an extra 6 months
- You can still tax your vehicle - you might need to wait to do this until later in the month if both your MOT and vehicle tax run out this month your insurance will still be valid
- Your vehicle’s record will be updated so the police can see you have a valid MOT
- You will not get a new paper MOT certificate with the new expiry date on it.
- You must still keep your vehicle safe to drive.
Although the MOT extension will be a relief to many drivers, it may not be as straight forward as you think.
With so many cars now going unchecked for over a year, it is imperative that you ensure your vehicle is safe and roadworthy, for the safety of yourself and others.
You may also be fined £2,500, with three points on your licence, if caught driving a car deemed unsafe.
So how do you make sure it’s safe? Around 20 percent of MOT failures are a result of the vehicle’s lights or signalling issues, other common issues are relating to the windscreen wipers, seat belts and tyre tread.
These are quite simple to check yourself and if in doubt, Dunnington Motor Care provide free vehicle health checks for our customers, in a contactless environment. Booking's for our free health checks can be made via our website.
If you are unable to leave your home, we are also working closely with community support groups and are placing drivers on our own insurance policy.
It is important to know that it has been confirmed that MOTs and routine servicing can still go ahead during this 6 month exemption period. Many of our customers are choosing to do this to avoid the mad rush in 6 months time.
We anticipate that due to the high demand when the MOT suspension ends, it may be difficult to actually secure an MOT booking. Think toilet rolls in car form!
This is an important factor when making your decision as to whether or not you wish to take advantage of the MOT suspension period.
We would encourage all key workers and motorists using their cars for essential travel at the moment, who are not sure how safe their vehicle is, to book their car in for an MOT and /or service. Dunnington Motor Care have an existing partnership with ‘Blue Light Card’, offering generous Service and MOT discounts to NHS, Emergency Service and Military staff.
It is the very least we can do to show our thanks.
What do drivers need to know about their cars at this time?
As we enter British Summer Time, many motorists do not realise summer heat can be just as hard on cars as the chill of winter.
While we strongly recommend that you follow Government guidance regarding travel during this time, the following general tips will help keep your car on the road if your journey is essential.
To keep your car safe and economical, we recommend checking tyre pressures once every two weeks and also that the tyre tread depth is above the legally-required 1.6mm.
We also advise that you often check that all your lights are working and that windscreen washer reservoir is topped up. Also, check the oil and coolant levels once a week, and as many motorists know, ignoring one small issue can often escalate into further issues and costs. If in doubt, book a free vehicle health check via our website.
Police will fine drivers who cannot get car repaired.
We also strongly recommend that you do not ignore any warning lights.
A common sense tip is to make sure that you have enough fuel in your tank (or charge in your battery if you drive an electric vehicle) to complete your trip before you set out.
Finally, we would advise making sure that you are covered by one of the roadside assistance services available, in case of a breakdown.
Any of the above mentioned MOT’s, Services, Free Vehicle Health Checks, including tyres, can be booked via our website. Click below for more information.