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Following the Government's six-month exemption from MOT testing in March, mandatory testing will resume in England, Scotland and Wales for any vehicles due their MOT from 1st August 2020.
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MOT tests are vital for road safety as they ensure that vehicle parts including tyres, seat belts, brakes, lights and exhausts, are all in proper working order.

Drivers with an MOT due date before the 1st August will still receive a six-month exemption from testing. However, all vehicles must continue to be properly maintained and kept in a roadworthy condition as motorists can be prosecuted for driving an unsafe vehicle.

To help understand these changes we've put together some frequently asked questions (FAQs).


My MOT expires in August - should I book it in now?

The Government announced that its deferral scheme for MOTs will end on 31st July 2020. This means that any vehicle with an MOT due from the 1st August will need to have it carried out as usual.

If you're in this position and you have a vehicle maintained by us, please just call your service booking line and we'll get everything sorted out for you. Alternatively, if you arrange your own servicing, please make sure you get your vehicle booked in as soon as possible.

How do I know if my MOT was deferred?

If your MOT was meant to be carried out between 30th March and 31st July you may have a few months left to arrange an MOT, but we would encourage you to book it in as soon as possible to ensure your vehicle is safe and roadworthy.

Can I get my vehicle MOT tested in Northern Ireland?

If you are in Northern Ireland and need an MOT, please refer to this guidance from NI Direct on what to do.

Should I book my vehicle in now?

RAC research suggests that over two-thirds of garages in their network expect demand to increase significantly from October. Getting vehicles tested now could reduce the risk of accidents or breakdowns, plus you get in ahead of any backlog caused by people leaving it until later to book their vehicle in.

Find out more

If you have a LeasePlan vehicle and it's maintained by us our Service Booking Line is here to help. If you arrange your own servicing, please speak to your usual garage or MOT centre about having your test carried out.

Published at 5 August 2020
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5 August 2020
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