New rules on MOT testing for light vehicles

Due to the COVID-19 situation, cars and vans and motorcycles due their MOT from 30 March 2020 will have their MOT extended by 6 months.  This will continue until confirmed otherwise.

It will allow vehicle owners to continue to be able to get to work where this absolutely cannot be done from home or do essential shopping.

Vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition and drivers can be prosecuted if they drive an unsafe vehicle.

The DVSA has published 2 guides for the public:

  • guidance on MOTs due before 30 March
  • guidance on MOTs due from 30 March

HGVs/Trailers or PSVs which need a first MOT before 31 March 2020

Email the DVSA if your vehicle requires its first MOT (annual test) before 31 March 2020 and you have not been able to have the vehicle tested.

You need to include your:

  • name
  • phone number
  • address
  • vehicle registration number (number plate), vehicle identification number or trailer ID

Send the email to and make sure your email has the subject heading ‘First test exemptions’.

For more information on transport law contact Jared Dunbar on 01829 773 105 or