Police issue warning amid lockdown MOT confusion

MOT test is a "requirement", officers say after issuing fixed penalty notice

Police issue warning amid lockdown MOT confusion

DORSET Police has issued an urgent MOT warning to drivers amid confusion following last year’s six-month MOT extension.

In a post on Facebook, Dorset Police warned penalty notices would be issued to drivers without the right paperwork in place.

They said: “MOT, it is a requirement. It ensures your vehicle is in roadworthy condition.

“The car below did not have one. Fixed penalty issued.

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“Given the weather, it is even more essential your vehicle is in good working order to keep you safe.

“We get a lot of calls from the public reporting people for not having a valid MOT certificate.

“Please bear in mind that between 30th March 2020 and 31st July 2020 drivers were given a six-month extension to their MOT certificates.

“Unsure as to whether your MOT is valid? Then please visit the www.gov.uk website.”

Despite DVSA clarification that MOT testing stations can remain open, some garage owners now fear a possible reintroduction of another MOT extension, a move which saw many workshops forced to close during the first lockdown last year – despite being granted permission to remain open.

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The extension ended on August 1, 2020, and from this date drivers had to ensure their cars have valid MOT certification, prompting significant demand on MOT services in recent weeks.

The rules allowed an extension to MOT expiry dates from the end of March 2020.

An extension was not granted for MOTs during the second lockdown and is unlikely to be granted for the latest national lockdown.

The latest guidance states that “vehicle repair and MOT services” in England and Scotland can remain open.

Garages in Wales, which remains at ‘alert level four’, can also remain open.

Related: Current lockdown car use at similar levels to May 2020

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    DORSET Police has issued an urgent MOT warning to drivers amid confusion following last year’s six-month MOT extension. In a post on Facebook, Dorset
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    #207197 Reply
    Meat-Head
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    Crush them more piles of unfixable junk off the road

    Did the fuzz say how much the invoice was?

    #207223 Reply
    Joy Mattock
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    So why is it now safe to continue to expect people to come out for MOT’s when the current variants of COVID are so much more transmissible ? Oh, don’t forget also that DVSA suggested that it would be a ” useful little service ” to collect cars from people self isolating and that included those with a positive test result. Are they mad ? What decent boss would ask their staff to do that. I certainly wouldn’t.

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    Neil Skuse
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    Complete and utter cock up with the extensions for six months.
    Should have run 12 consecutive months to keep the numbers and flow steady.
    We have been fully booked every day for the last 6 months-come April it is going to go very quite on MOT Testing-then August will arrive and another crazy 6 months of MOT Testing.

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    steve smith
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    So here’s the conundrum: All forms of motorcycle rider training is banned…including CBT (which for the uninitiated, is a statutory requirement to validate a provisional motorcycle license).
    So our Bournemouth based delivery rider is off the road, not earning, because their CBT expired (and because they don’t have a valid license their insurance is now invalid). Their scooter, parked on the road, has its MOT now expired!
    Over to you Dorset police, and the DVSA rationalize that for us.

    #207235 Reply
    Meat-Head
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    Cant you get bike picked up for mot then Tweet photo of milage to insurance
    Company to cover for rta act / theft reasons

    Moped be nicked soon anyway

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