Mandatory MOT tests to return from August 1

Mandatory MOT tests will be reintroduced from August 1 under new lockdown easing measures, the government has announced.

Millions of motorists across the UK had their MOT dates extended by six months as a result of coronavirus lockdown shutting garages.

But car, motorbike and van owners in England, Scotland and Wales with a renewal date from August 1 will need to book their tests as normal.

Vehicle owners with an MOT due date before 1 August will still receive a six-month exemption, the government’s website states.

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.

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

Only some garages remained open to conduct essential services during the coronavirus outbreak, but now over 90% are open across the country.

Drivers who are vulnerable or self-isolating are being encouraged to contact their local garage as many are offering pick-up and drop-off services, so drivers can get their car checked without having to visit a garage.

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