Government to make announcement on six-month MOT exemption

Proposed change to reintroduce mandatory testing from amended end date of six-month MOT exemption

Government to make announcement on six-month MOT exemption
Pictures submitted by GW readers of faults found on cars eligible for the six-month MOT exemption.

The government is consulting on plans to end the six-month MOT extension, according to the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF).

The government intends to draft an amendment to the Motor Vehicles (Tests) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020, the IAAF has said.

The reported change would bring forward the end date of the six-month MOT exemption, which is currently set to expire on 29 March 2021, and reintroduce mandatory MOT testing from the amended end date.

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An official government announcement will be made “as soon as possible”, according to the IAAF.

The DVSA consultation document outlines three options for ending the extension while allowing vehicle owners a grace period to obtain a valid test certificate.

Options for ending six-month MOT exemption

1. To return to mandatory MOT testing in two to four weeks from date of announcement (i.e. an announcement is made that extensions would not apply to any tests due two to four weeks after when that announcement is made);

2. To return to mandatory MOT testing in four to six weeks from date of announcement;

3. To return to mandatory MOT testing in six to eight weeks from date of announcement.

Related: MOTs for lorries, buses and trailers to return in July

At the end of May over 65 per cent of normal test volumes were undertaken, with over 80 per cent of test stations routinely testing according to latest DVSA figures.

With road traffic levels on the rise inline with lockdown easing, amplified by government advice to avoid public transport where possible, the IAAF warns that “the longer these regulations are in effect the greater the risks are to road safety”.

Related: Now’s time to end six-month MOT exemption, says IGA amid further lockdown easing

In a statement released this week, the IAAF said: “The IAAF is very pleased to report that following a period of intense lobbying, the government has launched a consultation to restart MOT testing of light vehicles as part of the ongoing cross-government response to COVID-19 and the lifting of the related restrictions.”

“The intention is to balance returning to mandatory testing with providing sufficient notice to members of the public that these regulations will be ending and they will require a test and also to ensure that garages are provided enough time to adapt to demands in testing capacity and to have equipment calibrated.”

The IAAF has asked its members to submit view on the consultation.

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    DAWN AYRES
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    Bushey Hall Garage Bushey Hall Drive, Bushey Herts.
    Just had our MOT inspection which included a thorough check on all Covid related. Hopefully the information collated on our site and all other testing stations looked at will show Government transport chiefs what measures centres are taking to minimise risk and to follow guidelines. This is data that needs to go forward. Government transport heads maintained they could not change the extension date until they were sure it was safe for both the customer and MOT centre staff for testing to take place. Centres need to show inspectors they are.

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    MIKE
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    DAMN STUPID IDEA IN THE FIRST PLACE IF YOU WHERE ISOLATING IN THE AND THE MOT RAN OUT THE LAW SAYS YOU ARE ALLOWED TO AND FROM THE TESTING STATION SO IT WAS NEVER REALLY A PROBLEM

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    Dave Ramus
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    Not often I post but when you`ve got people on the news bitching about opening a nail bar maybe they need to act for buisness that have paid out to be vts and keep the roads safe

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    Steve Radford
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    It will be as clear a mud if the DVSA has anything to do with it 🤦‍♂️

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    Barry Chandler
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    It’s official – extensions to end on 1st August. There will be no further exemptions from 01st August 2020 – so from Thursday 02nd July customers can start booking in any test that expires on 01st August and have the date preserved.

    Please let customers know – DVSA will be encouraging customers to get vehicles tested even if they have had an extension added.

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