MOT exemptions which kept motorists moving during the coronavirus pandemic will be lifted from Saturday (1 August 2020).

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is encouraging motorists whose MOT is due this autumn to get their test done as soon as possible to ensure their vehicle is safe to drive.

Getting a test done early may also help motorists beat the rush and avoid a busy period for garages.

Chris Price, head of MOT policy at DVSA, said: “MOT exemptions were issued to allow people to continue to use their vehicles for essential travel during the pandemic. “The MOT is an important test to ensure a vehicle remains safe and roadworthy. “We know that garages are likely to be very busy this autumn with double* the usual demand. We are encouraging motorists to consider bringing their MOT forward to help beat the rush.”

Vehicles due an MOT on or after 30 March were issued with a 6-month exemption.

As a result, DVSA is predicting that September, October and November are likely to be very busy months for garages, as motorists who were granted an exemption – and those whose tests would usually be due – both look to book their MOT.

Motorists who want to keep their MOT date can book a test up to a month (minus a day) before it’s due and still retain their original date. DVSA is encouraging customers to consider whether they could bring their MOT forward in this way to help manage demand.

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said:

“Garages are ready to ensure millions of vehicles on UK roads remain safe and provide peace of mind to owners.

“Although the six-month MOT extension provision ends on August 1, deferred tests have created increased demand this autumn so owners are strongly encouraged to get their vehicle’s test done as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

“Motorists can be reassured that the sector has full COVID safety measures in place and many workshops are on hand to collect and deliver vehicles for vulnerable customers.”

Motorists are reminded that they can sign up for free MOT reminders at GOV.UK – https://www.gov.uk/mot-reminder

They can also access the free MOT history check service – https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-history