DVSA issues clarification on MOT exemptions

Vehicles exempt from MOTs which are presented for testing and fail to achieve a pass must no longer be driven on public roads, a DVSA notification has confirmed.

From today (27 May 2020) test certificates will remind drivers that if a vehicle fails its MOT, the six-month MOT exemption is no longer valid.

The test expiry date, which will be updated the following day, will revert to the fail date.

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All VT30 fail documents now include additional lines stating: “If this vehicle had an MOT exemption in place at the time of test, it is no longer valid.

“The vehicle must past an MOT before it can be used on public roads.”

If the MOT test results in a pass, the new 12-month expiry date will not be affected.

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