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MOTs reintroduced as of August 1

The government has announced that mandatory MOT vehicle testing will resume in England, Scotland and Wales as of August 1st.

As the BMF has previously reported, six-month extensions to MOT deadlines were granted in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those with an MOT deadline date before August 1st will still get the six-month extension, but are able to get their vehicle tested earlier.

A statement by the Department for Transport noted that “all vehicles must continue to be properly maintained and kept in a roadworthy condition, and people are able to voluntarily get their MOT sooner should they wish, even if they are exempt from the legal requirement. Motorists can be prosecuted for driving an unsafe vehicle.”

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 1 August MOT testing will again become mandatory.”