Wednesday 15th July 2020,
North Edinburgh Community News

MOT tests become mandatory again from the 1st August

MOT tests will be made mandatory again from the 1st August after an exemption was introduced during the lockdown.

Drivers had been granted a six-month exemption from MOT tests in March to help slow down the spread of coronavirus.

However, with lockdown measures easing across the UK, MOT tests for cars, motorcycles and vans will once again be made mandatory in England, Scotland and Wales, bringing an end to the extension scheme.

Drivers with an MOT due date before August 1 will continue to receive a six-month exemption from the test, but their vehicle will still be required to be properly maintained and kept in a roadworthy condition.

These people are still able to voluntarily get their cars MOT’d should they want to, however.

Roads Minister Baroness Vere said: “As people return to our roads, it is vital that motorists are able to keep their vehicles safe. That’s why as restrictions are eased, from 1 August MOT testing will again become mandatory.

“Garages across the country are open and I urge drivers who are due for their MOT to book a test as soon they can.”

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