Vehicle Owners Granted a Six-Month MOT Exemption

Vehicle Owners Granted a Six-Month MOT Exemption

This article was originally published on 25 March 2020

The Government has confirmed that vehicle owners will be granted a six-month exemption from MOT testing, enabling them to continue to travel to work where this absolutely cannot be done from home, or shop for necessities.

From 30 March 2020, MOT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans will be extended by 6 months. This is being done to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.


Drivers whose MOTs are due on or before 29 March 2020 will still need to get their vehicle tested until the new regulations come into place if they need to use it. Read guidance here:


If MOT is due on 30 March 2020 or later your vehicle will be automatically given a 6-month MOT exemption. This will extend your current MOT expiry date by 6 months. Vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition, and garages will remain open for essential repair work. Drivers can be prosecuted if driving unsafe vehicles. Read guidance here:

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