The government has given car owners a six-month exemption for a car MOT test, so those who are locked down do not fall foul of the law.
The Government has allowed a six-month exemption period for car MOTs because of the coronavirus outbreak. As many garages are closed during the Covid-19 outbreak, if your car MOT expires after 30th March 2020 you have an extra six months to get it renewed. However, if your MOT ran out before that date, you do still need to get it renewed before you can drive your car legally.
You can have a new MOT test done up to 28 days before the current one expires, so even if you have the extra six-month extension, you will have five months before you can extend it further. You may wish to have your MOT test sooner and forego the 28 day rule, in order to have peace of mind that your car remains safe and roadworthy after the coronavirus restrictions have lifted.
If your cars MOT has run out as it was due before 30th March, you can keep the car off the road, as long as you tell the DVLA that's it's not being used. This is done by filling in a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) online at the Government website, or by telephone to the DVLA on 0300 123 4321. You'll need the 11-digit number on your car's V5 registration document.
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