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Government moves to extend MOT deadline by six months

In response to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, the UK Government has announced they will extend any car, motorcycle or van MOT due for renewal on or after the 30th March by an additional six months.

For example, if your vehicle's MOT certificate expires on 18th April, you will now have until 18th October to take and pass your new MOT.

The news was broken by the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP, who tweeted: “Given the circumstances I'm granting an MOT temporary exemption so that if your MOT is due from 30th March 2020 you will automatically receive a SIX-month extension.”

He also emphasised the need to keep vehicles in a good state of repair, going on to say: “However, you must still keep your car in a roadworthy condition and garages will remain open if you need repairs.”

The DVSA has also advised that it is working with police and insurers to ensure that anyone with a MOT certificate that expires before 30th March but is unable to get to a test centre due to self-isolating is not penalised.

If you urgently require an MOT test or repair work, we are here to help. Visit our dealership directory to find the contact details for your local JCT600 branch.

Added: 25 March 2020

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