DVSA issues clarification on MOT exemptions

Six-month MOT exemption no longer valid if a vehicle is presented for testing and fails

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(27 May 2020) test certificates will remind drivers that if a vehicle fails its MOT, the six-month MOT exemption is no longer valid.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

Related: Pressure over MOT extension continues to mount

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now include additional lines stating: “If this vehicle had an MOT exemption in place at the time of test, it is no longer valid.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

    If the exemption is in place why would car owners bring it in for a test? How would that even be implemented?

    #196082 Reply

    So vehicle owners will not get this information until after the vehicle has been tested !

    #196088 Reply
    Andrew Parsons

    This I would have thought was obvious. If you present your MOT and it fails then you no longer have a valid MOT. For clarification, it’s my understanding that if your expiry date has been extended and you present for an MOT now. Pass or Fail it’s now the current date that counts and any future extended date is null and void. Any cars presented before the government extend the expiry will get there current anniversary. i.e. 12 + upto 30 days

    #196090 Reply

    We are running at a 50% fail rate on vehicles presented that have an extension.
    Some of the items are quite serious.
    But i’m glad they have done this on the failure sheets, as i’m sick of explaining to morons that if it fails, it fails. That’s it!

    #196113 Reply

    So are you saying that it would be okay for vehicles to be driven on the roads with cords showing on their tyres and blowing exhausts etc ? The extension does NOT mean that your car can be driven on the roads in an unroadworthy state.

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