Coronavirus: MOT extension

Posted on 31st March 2020 in News, Drivers, Motorcyclists Ssrp newsletter

This page tells you about the extension of MOT expiry dates due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). It will be updated if anything changes.

Below tells you what happens if your car, motorcycle, light van or other light vehicle MOT expiry date is on or after Monday 30 March 2020.

  • Your car, motorcycle, light van or other light vehicle’s MOT expiry date will be automatically extended by 6 months if it’s due on or after Monday 30 March 2020.
  • This means that your vehicle will still have a valid MOT certificate for an extra 6 months.

You do not need to do anything for this to happen. However, you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.

This applies to all vehicles, including those that need their first ever MOT test.

Check your MOT expiry date has been extended here

Your MOT expiry date will usually be updated on the day your MOT is due to expire. However, it might be done up to a few days before.You can check your MOT history to see when your MOT expiry date has been extended. Keep checking back if your new expiry date is not showing yet.

  • You must make sure your vehicle is safe to drive (‘roadworthy’). It can be unsafe even if your MOT expiry date has been extended.
  • Find out how to check your vehicle is safe and roadworthy here
  • You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.
  • You should still take your vehicle to be repaired at the nearest open garage. The government is allowing them to remain open.

You need to follow different rules if your MOT expiry date was on or before Sunday 29 March 2020. Information is available on the GOV.UK website here


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