All drivers whose car, motorcycle or van is due for an MOT test from 1st August, 2020 will be now be required to get a test certificate to continue driving their vehicle.

It has been announced today (29.06.2020) that mandatory MOTs are to be reintroduced from 1st August, cutting short the six-month test exemption introduced on 30th March in response to the coronavirus lockdown

Drivers with an MOT due date before 1st August will still receive a six-month exemption from testing – but can get them tested sooner if they wish. However, if these drivers decide to take advantage of the extension, the government have said that all vehicles must continue to be properly maintained and kept in a roadworthy condition. If not, motorists caught by police at the wheel of an unsafe vehicle will be fined. Unsafe vehicles will also not be covered in insurance claims. With the test exemption in place, MOT volumes fell from 7.2 million in April and May in 2019 to just 2.2 million in the same months of 2020 – a decline of 70 per cent. With, on average, one in three cars failing their MOT, there could be 1.6 million cars being driven that would have been deemed roadworthy if tested over the previous months.

In a statement released today, Roads Minister, Baroness Vere said: ‘As people return to our roads, it is vital that motorists are able to keep their vehicles safe. That’s why as restrictions are eased, from 1st August MOT testing will again become mandatory. Garages across the country are open and I urge drivers who are due for their MOT to book a test as soon they can.’

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the Independent Garage Association and the Institute of the Motor Industry have been lobbing the Government to scrap the MOT test exemption, so ensuring not only the safety of drivers but also the  support of garages in their recovery from a significant drop in business.


To check the MOT status of a vehicle over three years old simply go to and put in the registration number.