Posted by: motorvationsaab | April 2, 2020

MOT Extensions. Lets be clear!


Hi all.

Last week the government announced that during the present crisis they would extend MOTs that became due by six months. From conversations with our customers there seems to be some confusion as to how this works.

Simply put. As your MOT becomes due DVSA will extend it from the date of expiry by six months. This will be done around a week before the expiry date. So if your MOT expires on say the first of May DVSA will extend it around seven days beforehand. This extension may be subject to change in terms of time period, or may even be stopped as and when the government decides to ease the current ” lockdown ”

I hope this clarifies the situation. I have copied below a statement from our trade body the IGA.

Hope you all stay safe and well.

The Motorvation team.


IGA : Further clarification on six-month MOT extension

Whilst it may be understandable that the information given out by the Government is not always as clear as it could be, given how quick things are changing with the current emergency, it is worth looking at what is known about this process.

The headline statement published on was:

“….Your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT expiry date will be extended by 6 months if it’s due on or after 30 March 2020 – but you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.”

The public would understandably think that the headline meant that every vehicle has automatically been given a six-month extension on their MOT, but this is not necessarily the case.

This exemption will only be applied approximately 7 days ahead of the expiry date of the certificate. DVSA will then work to extend dates on a weekly basis for those vehicles that are due a test.

What it doesn’t mean though, is that for instance, a vehicle due its MOT on 1 June 2020 will not have its expiry date changed at the moment. This vehicle will still have a 1 June 2020 expiry date until such time that DVSA extend it, which is likely to be only a week before the expiry date. We have been informed that this will allow them to be flexible and potentially change extension periods, or stop the extensions at any time when it is deemed no longer necessary.

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