Government Cancels the 6-month MOT Extension

Government Cancels the 6-month MOT Extension

The mandatory MOT test is set to be re-introduced from 1st August as the Government cancels the 6-month extension.

Please be aware that if you have a car that needed an MOT to be carried out in either April, May, June or July and benefited from the 6-month extension put in place by the Government in light of “lockdown” restrictions, you will now have to have the test carried out in either September, October, November or December.

What we would like to encourage is that you book your MOT slot as soon as possible.


What we are reading in all of the motor trade press is that there is going to be a surge therefore a shortage of MOT slots for the remainder of this year.

It was great that the Government acted swiftly at the time to help motorists in what was a very difficult situation but there has always been this underlying concern that the “run of the mill motorist” is not a trained mechanic therefore cannot be 100% sure that the vehicle they are driving is 100% safe and legal to be on the road.

Motorists with vehicles due an MOT before 1st August will still benefit from the 6-month extension but please note that the vehicle must continue to be properly maintained and it is the motorists responsibility to make sure that the vehicle is kept in a roadworthy condition.

Any motorist has the choice to get the MOT done sooner if they would prefer and this is something we would endorse as the driver could be prosecuted if the vehicle they are driving is deemed unsafe.

We can all see if a light bulb has blown or whether a tyre is bald but we would all agree that any further than that starts to become something for the experts.

So once again we would like to stress, that if your MOT has either been extended or your car is due an MOT over the coming months then please contact us to book your MOT slot now!


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